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Should political conversations be avoided in the workplace?

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Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Whether it's sports, religion, politics, or some other subject, there is always a risk someone will cross the line of being disrespectful both in and outside of work.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. tackles your human resources questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society and author of “Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.”

The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

Have a question? Do you have an HR or work-related question you’d like me to answer? Submit it here.

Question: Leading up to the recent election, a co-worker and I had a friendly rivalry as we supported opposing candidates. It didn’t bother me, but it annoyed some of our other co-workers. Now that it is over, some of them have gloated and chided him over his candidate losing. This has created some tension in the office. Is politics just one of those topics best avoided at work? Is there a way we can turn down some of the office tension?” – Lucy

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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