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October 4, 2012

Career Coach: You should veto talking politics at work

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Some companies have rules against party organizing, governing activities such as soliciting campaign donations, posting political signs or holding rallies in places such as the work cafeteria. Others have policies that frown on wearing campaign gear or clothing with political slogans, and they bar expressing political views in e-mails or on bulletin boards and company stationery.

Talking about politics at work can be fun, but mostly when the other person has the same opinions that you have. Sometimes, it's a smart idea to just leave this conversation to before or after work hours when you are with family and friends.

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Russell is the vice dean and the director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 25 years of experience coaching executives and consulting on leadership and career management. She can be reached at jrussell@rhsmith.umd.edu.

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