As the Presidential election draws nearer the political drum beat of negativity & partisan tensions beat louder & louder. It is nearly impossible to escape the political divide of blue vs. red, conservative vs. liberal. Everywhere one turns the negativity persists – letters to the editor are filled with mean-spirited name calling & spiteful points of view; radio & television talk shows always have at least two people of opposing views shouting & talking out of turn. What does all of this serve? Nothing!
If there is one place that should be a neutral zone, it is the workplace. Unlike the House or Congress, those of us who have co-workers must work together for the common good of the company, no matter what side we are on. Employers & supervisors would serve their company & employee’s best by strongly suggesting those who work for them leave their political opinions at home. It makes for a healthier work environment when subjects as volatile as politics are discussed elsewhere. And just like a toddler, we all could use a timeout to settle us down from all the craziness.
There was a time not too long ago when one was taught to never bring up politics or religion outside the home. We might serve ourselves & those around us best if we returned to these ideals.