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Listening to a secret Thirty-five percent of employees say they’d find another job if direct managers were on the opposite side of the political fence and spoke about it openly. (Image: Shutterstock)

As politically divided as the country is these days, it should come as no surprise that a lot of the effects from political discussions carry over into the theoretically neutral workplace—and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

A survey from Randstad US finds that although close to half—49 percent—of respondents say they enjoy political discussions with coworkers because it helps them understand alternate points of view, 53 percent say they tend to steer clear of coworkers who differ in their political beliefs.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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