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Should You Talk Politics at Work?

As the election approaches, political conversations become more frequent—including in the workplace. How can you keep conversations in the office civil and productive when politics come up? Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search’s own Cheryl Hyatt recently shared her insight on this topic. One piece of advice Hyatt offers is to know when to pivot to a new topic. She writes:

“Just as vital as knowing how to engage civilly with a co-worker is knowing when to step away from a topic. There are times when a conversation will not be productive. Don’t be afraid to say something positive but direct, such as ‘I appreciate how passionate you are about this topic, but I try not to discuss politics at work. I do enjoy commiserating on the latest baseball loss. Did you see the Pirates game last night?’”

Read the rest of the article, including the three hallmarks of a successful pivot, here.