The election seems to be all that anyone can talk about right now. On the radio, social media, late night talk shows, everyone is caught up in what is happening to our political system right now. Unfortunately for those of us who work in somewhat conservative jobs (cough, government, cough) talk of politics has now even infiltrated our work environment. I always thought that talking about politics in public, let alone talking politics at the office, was somewhat taboo.
ICYMI, I work in an office that really has two demographics: mostly male, mostly over 50. You can probably guess what their political affiliation is. To make matters worse, my office is completely open and there are two TVs that are on at all times. My supervisor, citing the fact that we operate the emergency center, has one of those TVs on Fox News at all times. Yes, you read that right. I am forced to sit and listen to/watch Fox News from 7:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the evening for five days a week.
When big egos meet big opinions meet Fox News, you know you’re going to be dragged into some political talk. Even though I try to not pay attention or get involved, when someone says something that’s blatantly ridiculous, you have to step in. Here’s a few tips on how to deal with politics at the office.