Do you talk about politics at work? With the primaries waging on as the Democrats and Republicans choose who thier final candidates for President will be, politics seems to be a hot topic. But is it ok to talk about politics at work?
Recently, my office department went out to our monthly lunch together. This is a small department consisting of 4 staff, 2 managers, and 1 director. With everyone in attendance the topic of politics came up. I avoided the conversation because I don't want beliefs or ideas to influence how any of my coworkers see me or especially one of my many bosses. I noticed the managers and director did not seem to partake in this conversation either. I just don't want my views to influence how they feel about me. People have very strong opinions on politics and if their opinions differ from mine, I don't want that to get in the way of any future promotions or raises. Thus, this conversation seemed to mostly take place between the other 3 staff workers. And even though thier opinions seem to closely mirror my own, I felt it necessary to keep my mouth shut. I have very strong political views and I will gladly talk to my coworkers about them without the presence of those in control of my future career.
What do you think? Do you talk about politics at work?