Does politics ever come up at work? Feel like it's becoming hard to avoid as we get closer to the election.

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At Facebook I could see it coming up but it doesn’t need to be made personal but rather how to handle professionally.

In healthcare and logistics for me it can arise due to specific issues with the postal service or import laws but they’re matters of fact and data points.

The old adage of politics and religion is a good one because they’re divisive and at work, needlessly so. If it isn’t actually material to the job at hand, it should be avoided.


It seems like it is hard for me to avoid it. That could just be because I don't agree with the party line. When it does come up, then I'm probably way more uncomfortable than other people.

I certainly wish I could avoid it entirely. In the beginning of my career, that was very easy. But it grows harder by the day.

I don't think that is by accident. I think the same culture that cannot accept differing opinions has incentive to politicize as much as possible because using the stick on a person's career is a very powerful means of controlling speech.

I have no wish to engage in culture wars except to the extent that my own speech seems to be limited to an ever-narrower set of acceptable opinions.

When Donald Trump was elected, I thought, "Well at least I'll have a common enemy with the people around here." But whatever comfort there was in that is totally gone, and is replaced by utter horror at the ridiculous inability to express nuance, and the existential risk to my career for disagreeing with monsters who would rather take food out of a family's mouth than to accept that reasonable and good people disagree all the time for many many reasons.


I don’t see why avoiding politics or religion at work is difficult though.

Other people hold different beliefs and so long as it doesn’t affect me, I just don’t particularly care. I don’t need adherence or compliance with a view. I’m not offended if someone disagrees with me.

I agree with you about nuance. I can agree with some of Trump’s policy while also recognizing that he is terrible. These aren’t conflicting ideas but many can’t seem to separate.

My theory is that as religion has taken a back seat, the same self or group-assurance has found its way to politics and speech which is more polarizing.

Younger millennials and Gen Z often claim to accept diversity but only the right kind of diversity. They’re also looking for reassurance or statements on everything. We’re getting to an all or nothing mind set which is ineffective and just exhausting.

Not too often, but our CEO makes it blatantly clear which side of the aisle he’s loyal to.... pandering to social groups and our customer demographic rather than standing on his stated beliefs/ morals. I’ve lost a great deal of respect for him in the last few months as a result and have been left questioning whether I’m where I belong.


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