Please don’t talk politics at work – it will end in disaster

People learned a long time ago that it is a very sensitive aspect to engage in full-blown discussions about sex, religion and politics at work and in the office. They will always end up going the wrong way (by this I mean a big disagreement). The fact of this is that you can offend a colleague or get into a disproportionate quarrel.

Below are a few facts why talking about these types of topics can be a very dangerous approach.

If you don’t want to get into a fight in a group discussion, don’t just say quiet in the first place. The saying that silence is golden is not necessarily true on this occasion, as some people may feel you agree on certain aspects if you don’t open up and speak up. The best thing to do in all honesty is to walk out of the room, but if you get stuck, make your feelings clear that you don’t want to be part of the conflict.

When people talk about politics, especially if they are of an extremist nature, they tend to get all worked up. So avoiding discussions of workplace politics would be your best bet as team spirit has the potential to be broken by a wave of insults. The only thing that can happen once the team spirit is broken is that the work is not completed to your full satisfaction.

Even if you agree in your discussions and are on the same page, it can still be a recipe for disaster. You may very well be overheard or understood by a variety of other characters. Which could ultimately end your career.

Political and religious small talk is not really classified as discussion because people don’t want to talk, they just want to constantly express their opinion. Many of these so-called discussions always end badly. It will result in a lot of hard feelings even after the conversation ends.

My final point would be, you are at work to work and that’s it. Unless you are being paid to discuss these topics, which is highly unlikely, I would steer clear of it, because in addition to getting on the wrong side of your co-workers, you could very well upset your boss who could then decide to leave you unemployed.