In the busiest week of the year, after the election debate and days before the election, you must learn how to talk about politics at work once and for all.
So you already know. The first piece of advice to keep in mind is that it’s best to avoid talking about politics at work. But realistically, you’re going to have to deal with it one way or another. Whether you are one of those passionate who cannot stop doing it or those who want to get rid of this brown whatever, these recommendations interest you.
Respect the workspace
This is the most logical and practical idea that you should consider. With it, you leave politics out of certain spaces in the office. Do not carry political symbols, flags, pins, or brochures. Work is not a place to campaign. Take these talks to the cafeteria or break room, and avoid having them in those where people are working.
Do not use chats or emails to campaign
Platforms like Slack and elements like WhatsApp messages or simply emails usually generate some stress for many workers on a regular basis, so imagine when you talk about electoral campaign links or political news. If you are talking about work on these platforms such as using modded music apps for your projects, it is good to avoid talking about politics or songs that can trigger debate about politics.
Do not bring up the subject in meetings or events
Just as you must distinguish the least tricky spaces to talk about politics, you also have to do it in the appropriate situations. Learn under what circumstances you can and cannot take up last night’s debate.
Don’t take for granted how others think
If you are one of those who get involved in politics and occasionally raise current issues at work, you must follow some basic instructions. Do not assume that others have the same ideology as you, nor that you are absolutely right. Do it better as a debate in which everyone can express their opinion without bad feelings.
If you don’t want to talk about it, be assertive
If you have implied that you do not want to participate in talking about politics and they do not take it for granted, resort to assertiveness.