Thursday, May 4, 2017

When Politics Invades Your Workplace - BLOOMBERG

by Deena Shanker
Originally published:  May 3, 2017

In a new survey, workers report lower productivity and quality and increased hostility at the office. Others say they’re bonding like crazy.

Americans are talking about politics. This we knew.

But while the traditional advice is to steer clear of politics at the office, more than half of American workers in a new survey by the American Psychological Association—54 percent—say they're talking about it with their co-workers, an uptick since the thick of the campaign in September, when the number was 48 percent. About half have had post-election conversations with people who agree with them, a third with those who don't, and 15 percent have gotten into political arguments at work, according to the survey of 1,311 part-time or full-time employees, conducted online by Harris Poll from Feb. 16 to March 18.

The habit feeding this public clamor: Some 35 percent of workers report spending more time on news sites and social media to keep up with the latest political news.