OFFICE ‘POLITICS’

Employees Surveyed Say It’s OK to Share Political Views at Work

MENLO PARK, CA -- 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: 67 percent of respondents said engaging in political debate is acceptable, within reason; another 14 percent actually invite these conversations. Nearly four in 10 workers polled said discussing political campaigns and candidates is common practice.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 522 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.

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

It’s useful to talk about political issues and engage coworkers 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%
    100%

Employees also were asked, “Thinking about the upcoming presidential election, how often do your coworkers talk about political campaigns or candidates on the job?” Their responses:

Often........................................   39%
Not often...................................   59%
Don't know/no answer...............   2%
    100%

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

Domeyer pointed out that, as with any potentially sensitive subject, diplomacy is key. “Imposing one’s political views on others is never OK. Employees also should not pressure coworkers to share which particular party or candidate they support,” she said.

Survey Methodology

The national survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 522 full- or part-time office workers from a starting sample of 2,000 adults aged 18 or older, using a fully replicated, stratified, single-stage random-digit-dialing (RDD) sample of households. The results were then weighted to provide nationally representative and projectable estimates of the adult population 18 years of age and older. The sample is post-stratified and balanced by key demographics such as age, sex, race, region and education.

About OfficeTeam

OfficeTeam provides businesses with the highly skilled administrative talent they need to maximize productivity, achieve cost efficiency and support full-time staff. The staffing firm has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at www.officeteam.com.


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