Political Duels at Work? Communication Expert Offers Nine Tips to Keep the Peace
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WACO, Texas (Feb. 1, 2016) — Sparring over immigration reform, ISIS and whether Trump should be in the White House can go quickly from casual to spirited to heated during water-cooler chats at work or in staff meetings.
The days of “Never discuss religion or politics in polite company” are gone, what with the increasing blurring of lines between our public and private lives — due in part to social media, said communication expert Lacy McNamee, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and researcher of dynamics within organizations.
While there are positives about openness, getting in a vocal free-for-all at work is not one. A toxic atmosphere can interfere with job duties, plus alienate co-workers or clients who overhear arguments.
McNamee offered these tips for keeping the peace about politics.
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