- Office Etiquette
- New Employee
- Hostile Work Environment
- Missing Work
- Personal Goals
- Appreciation Letters To Boss
- Send Retirement Wishes
- Write A Congratulations Email
- Professional Voicemail Greeting Examples
- Congratulations Email for a Promotion
- Send a Note for a Job Well Done
- Made A Mistake At Work
- Appeal Letter
- Employee Morale
- How To Write A Professional Email
- Out Of Office Message
- Small Group Icebreakers
- Memo Format
Find a Job You Really Want In
Having a hard time focusing?
You aren’t alone. Between the work-from-home grind, a global pandemic, and a 2020 election that consumes the 24 hour news cycle, it can be challenge to remain on task.
If that isn’t enough, political memes in Slack and heated water color talk mean it isn’t just the headlines, it’s your coworkers contributing to the distraction.
We surveyed 2,000 workers to determine the impact of politics on the workspace. Turns out, most workers are pretty distracted by politics and almost half have a lot to say on the clock.
- 54% of workers do not talk about politics at work.
- While the majority of us are distracted by politics, 21% of workers stay focused.
- 47% of us admit to talking politics at work.
- A staggering 71% of Rhode Islanders talk politics at work- more than any other state.
- Where do people talk politics the least at work? Montana and Nebraska.
- 56% of workers’ keep their political affiliation a secret from their employers.
- More than 1-in-3 believe if their employer knew their political beliefs they could potentially experience negative repercussions..
- 44% of job seekers would have reservations about applying at a company that actively supports a different political party than theirs.
- Another 21% wouldn’t apply at all
Is it ok to talk politics at work? A breakdown
Keeping quiet or sharing your political opinions at work can both be difficult. While a majority of workers opt to not bring politics in the workspace, many still believe their is a space for political expression in the workspace. We sought to understand the common reasons people agree (or disagree!) with politics in the workspace:
Common Reasons People Believe Politics At Work Are Appropriate
- Civil discussion with like minded coworkers is fine
- Respectful conversion is fine
- Downtime at work (breaks, lunches) is not on the clock
- Hiding personal beliefs for 40 hours a week is difficult/unpleasant
- Politics can impact work (laws, regulations, or changing policies)
- Not unusual to discuss politics in certain work environments
The most common response by far was that it’s not inappropriate to discuss politics with coworkers of similar believes. This is particularly interesting because a high percentages of workers attest to keeping their political affiliation secret. Maybe not the best kept secret? Now for the other side of the lid, the 44% who believe politics are not for the workspace:
Common Reasons People Believe Politics At Work Are Not Appropriate
- Employers are in a position of power that makes political talk risky or unequal
- People can feel alienated or relationships hurt by political beliefs
- Can create hostile environment
- Political talk is boring or uninteresting
- “Sex, politics, and religion” don’t belong at work
Overall, many seem to differentiate between bosses and coworkers; Drawing a line of appropriateness between colleagues that doesn’t extend to managers or bosses.
Zippia.com, a career resource website, conducted a study of 2,000 workers across the U.S. on politics in the workplace.
Each respondent was asked a series of questions about their feelings, thoughts, and personal actions involving politics in the workplace.
Vermont was excluded due to sample size.
Politics At Work Is Complicated
Whether you talk about politics at work may depend on your work environment and your own comfort level.
Regardless, it is important to remember that your “like minded” coworker, might just be quietly disagreeing or too uncomfortable to express their thoughts. Strive for a respectful, civil tone and be careful not to attack your colleagues who are just trying to finish a presentation.
If political believes are important to you, consider applying to a company that aligns with you politically.
How many workers talk politics at work?
|State||Percent Of Workers|
Find The Best Job That Fits Your Career
Where do you want to work?