Politics, Faith and the WorkplaceWednesday, April 23, 2008
This may seem like it should go without saying, but when it comes to discussing politics or religion with clients, zip it up. Faith and politics are two subjects that I am personally very passionate about, am pretty well-versed in, and can hold my own in a conversation about either. When a client brings either up in conversation, however, and asks for my opinion, I tend to deflect it with some humor by replying "Let's grab a drink after you get back from your honeymoon and we can talk about that all you want. You know - after I don't work for you anymore".
In an election year, especially one as emotionally charged on either side of the aisle as this one is, it's just not worth it to polarize a client because of a disagreement on immigration reform or any other hot-button topic. In a perfect world, we'd all be sensible adults who respect each other's opinions and agree to disagree, but it's not a perfect world, and we all know that politics and faith don't fit nicely into the agree to disagree category. So, set a boundary to not mix politics or religion with the workplace and hold your tongue until there's an appropriate time and place for the conversation to occur.