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I'll be hitting the polls after work today, and I usually respond openly when asked which candidate I'm voting for. My political position is of course, personal, but the question doesn't bother me, though I know some people find the question slightly invasive so I'm usually not the one asking about others' politics. The office is one place where you may want to be on guard about your politics, and the NYT has a helpful Q & A to get you through the next nine months. To read some of their tips on how to shake up a work and politics cocktail just

  • Are displays of affiliation appropriate? It depends on your employer, but generally it's a good idea to avoid visible demonstrations (like pins, bobble heads, pinned up bumper stickers) if your business deals with the public.
  • What’s the best way for employees to share political perspectives? Use common sense on this one — just be respectful. No need to create enemies by pursuing an aggressive political conversation.
  • To what extent can companies limit political expression in the workplace? Private companies have the right to prohibit political expression at the office, but government employees could be an exception.
  • Can you be fired for expressing political opinions at work? Yes, and it's happened before. If you want to express yourself ask about company policy first, or better yet save it for your personal life.


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