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More Albertans are talking politics at the office: survey

Elevated view of staff working in a busy open plan office (istock photo)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Alberta election campaign has brought out strong opinions in a lot of people lately, which could lead to heated discussions at the office.

A recent survey found 73 per cent of people surveyed talk politics with colleagues while 37 per cent do it with their boss or manager.

“Half of them revealed that they’ve witnessed political conversations turn into arguments at work,” says Debby Carreau of Inspired HR. “Which really runs into a problem of respect in the workplace and making sure everyone is comfortable in their work environment. That’s why we often say that maybe the office is not the best place to get into these debates.”

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Carreau says that sharing strong political opinions might not be the best for the office, in fact, it could be a career killer.

“We’ve seen a number of people, unfortunately, lose their job over things such as this around the political realm, especially when it comes to posting strong opinions on social media or associating things with companies that are potentially defamatory or discriminating, so you always want to use your best judgement.”

Carreau says that it’s up to employers to keep the peace.

“You just want to make sure that the environment stays respectful and that if people are engaged in these conversations, that they’re doing it in a way that’s not going to discriminate or offend other people in the work environment.”