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discussing politics, cont ...Published: October 01, 2012

If you are the coworker who would like to discuss politics, it’s important not to burden colleagues with your political opinions. Some people enjoy talking politics and find excitement in a politically charged discussion. Others may be uncomfortable at the thought of talking politics at work and would rather stay out of it. Be sensitive to a colleague’s perspectives. He may only convey that he is uncomfortable by responding with one-word replies and avoiding eye contact, or shifting his gaze from the coworker discussing a divisive topic.
   
If you have a coworker who is consistently in your face about politics, practice restraint. Don’t add to the conversation. You can state that you are not into politics that much. If you feel threatened or uncomfortable, use the appropriate channels of communication. Talk to your supervisor about your concerns. If the person in question is in a leadership position, you can address the issue confidentially through your firm’s human resources department.
   
Voicing political viewpoints isn’t always a recipe for disaster. If employees are equipped with the right tools, they can talk about sensitive issues such as politics. Remember: When talking politics at work, at home or in public, always show respect. §
 
Michael Uram is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Orange County. Learn more or find a therapist near you at counselingcalifornia.com.

*Poll conducted by VitalSmarts and the New York Times best-selling authors of “Crucial Conversations” (2008)

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That plate is beautiful Cindy, I love it! What a gneerous kind person you're co-worker is:) I have your pumpkin/spice cake muffins in the oven right now, they smell so good and I can't wait to taste them! I must have a very small muffin tin because I ended up with more like 18. Thank you for sharing the recipe and for hosting your party every week:)
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