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Talking politics: OK over water cooler

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Talking politics has long been considered taboo at the office, but a new survey shows most workers aren’t afraid to play pundit at work.

According to a survey by OfficeTeam, nearly four in 10 workers polled said discussing political campaigns and candidates is common practice.

Employees were asked, “Which statement best describes your views about professionals discussing political campaigns or candidates at work?”

It’s useful to talk about political issues and engage co-workers in debate . . . . . . . .14%

It’s OK in small doses, as long as the conversation isn’t too heated . . . . . . . . . . . .67%

It’s inappropriate . . . . . . . . . . . .18%

Don’t know/no answer . . . . . . . 1%

“With the presidential election drawing near, it’s only natural for politics to be a topic of interest,” says Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. “However, employees should be careful to not allow discussions of the election to become a divisive issue.”

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