The divisive race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for president is causing conflict, fights and arguments at many American workplaces, according to a new survey by the American Psychological Association.
While politics is always a touchy subject at work, this year it's worse, according to David Ballard, director of the APA's Center for Organizational Excellence.
"We did find that about half the people said they're colleagues are more likely to discuss politics this season than in the past," Ballard said. "The majority said their co workers are respectful. Despite that, more than one quarter said they witnesses arguments about politics and about 1 in 10 got in an argument about politics."
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Young men under 35 years old seem most affected by political arguments, according to the survey of 927 adults conducted Aug. 10-12 by the Harris Poll.
This includes having difficulty getting work done, producing lower-quality work and being less productive overall. Similarly, younger people and men were more likely to have said that because of political discussions at work, they feel more isolated from their colleagues, have a more negative view of them and have experienced an increase in workplace hostility. Compared to women, men were more than four times as likely to report having argued about politics with a coworker (18 percent vs. 4 percent).
"A significant number say that they feel more isolated, more hostile and cohesiveness of their team had suffered," Ballard said. "People are reporting that they are stressed out, about 1 in 10. They felt more cynical and negative. Its been harder to get their work done."
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