Unless you haven’t turned on your television or listened to people’s conversations in the office or on the street as of late you’ve heard about troubles surrounding Gov. Jan Brewer, our state government and the recent controversial anti-gay law that was vetoed. People everywhere were up in arms about the whole situation, some taking to social media and even the streets to defend their beliefs. Whether you agreed or not, everyone was talking about it in their homes, with their friends and even with their co-workers.
But with all the conversation around this issue, it got me thinking. Is there a place for personal beliefs and politics in the workplace or should these types of topics be left outside of the office?
Though some workplaces have specific policies on talking politics and personal beliefs in the workplace, many rely on the boundaries of professionalism. But given the nature of politics, most employers would encourage political discussion as long as the workplace is comfortable for everyone and mutual respect applies.
So, how can you make sure political discourse or thoughts on personal beliefs don’t go too far?
Here are some helpful tips:
For me, talking about politics or personal beliefs at work almost feels taboo, and I usually try to avoid it. But I am curious of what you think? Does your place of work have a policy on discussion controversial issues or politics? Or does your office encourage these types of discussions?