Love them or loathe them, many of your employees will be voting for them this November, and maybe making them the subject of uncomfortable vending machine conversations. But according to a new survey from American Management Association (AMA) on politics and the workplace, employees have mixed feelings about sharing political views with colleagues and bosses.
More than one-third (35 percent) of the 701 senior executives, managers, and employees surveyed say they are uncomfortable discussing their political views with colleagues; 39 percent say they are comfortable; and 25 percent say they are neutral about sharing their political opinions. Forty percent, meanwhile, are comfortable talking politics with supervisors; 38 percent are uncomfortable; and 22 percent are neutral.
Political chatter at work is expected during a presidential election year, but the AMA survey shows most employees are not campaigning in the office for their favorites. Ninety-two percent of respondents say no one from their company—either management or labor—recommended voting for a particular candidate because it would benefit the organization. This is a slight decrease from AMA's 2004 survey on the same subject, in which 13 percent of respondents confirmed someone from their company recommended a particular candidate. In the current study, only 7 percent actually confirmed someone recommended voting for a particular candidate.