The most controversial topics between individuals are usually politics and religion. Many people cannot help themselves and launch into discussions about the current events and have to voice their opinions on matters. Friendly discourse can always be enjoyable between co-workers, but when the conversation turns to tones of negativity and statements against a party or an affiliation a person walks a fine line. It should be understood that not everyone will agree on certain viewpoints. Although many employers establish policies requesting the issues of politics and religion to be left out of the office, human nature will always bring the topics into conversations. Office Arrow had a few suggestions on talking about politics in the office. Some suggestions are not to ask about candidate choices in elections, do not talk politics instead of work, and respect the viewpoints of your co-workers.
The beauty of freedom is the ability to choose what to believe in, but the workplace is not the environment to discuss your views in a way that is confrontational to degrading to another person. Even outside of the workplace it would be nice if all people would remain civil in their discussions regarding differences in political or religious opinion. Yet, tempers will always flare and someone will always get offended in one way or another. So it is best as an employer to try to prevent these clashes within the office as best as possible. Policies should be created to help reduce the risk of confrontational discussions or arguments between employees. Training to help employees identify issues that may be considered offensive may also be considered. The workplace should be a neutral environment for all employees. As an employer or manager it is important to ensure that a person is not being harassed due to political or religious affiliation.