Is it taboo to talk politics in the workplace?

24 April 2015

With politics on the agenda at every turn with the General Election only two weeks away, it should come as no surprise that research shows 85% of employees are discussing politics in the workplace, with one in seven discussing government issues on a daily basis.

Research conducted by Robert Half UK suggests that expressing a political allegiance is no longer seen as a workplace faux pas. However, according to the study there is a divergence between public and private sector attitudes to expressing a political allegiance in the workplace. In the public sector revealing a party preference is viewed as twice as likely (11%) to result in negative treatment from colleagues and management compared to the private sector (5%).

Findings also include that London employees are the most likely to discuss politics at work and just 7% of HR directors think making a political preference known can influence how an employee is treated by management or colleagues.