One-third of workers OK with discussing politics at work: survey

But younger workers more comfortable than older ones
||Last Updated: 10/21/2019
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh in Toronto in 2018. Shutterstock

When it comes to talking politics at work, age can make a difference, according to a recent survey.

Almost one-third (31 per cent) of Canadian workers feel discussing politics at work is appropriate, though the majority (57 per cent) think it depends on the situation and people involved.

But younger workers are more comfortable with the topic than older ones, found the survey of 505 workers by Robert Half. Fifty-five per cent of workers ages 18 to 24 think political conversations at work are appropriate, compared to 35 per cent of those ages 25 to 40 and 27 per cent of those 41 to 54 and 55 and older.

When it comes to these conversations, more than half of those surveyed (52 per cent) say they feel “interested,” followed by 31 per cent who feel “indifferent” and 14 per cent who feel “uncomfortable.” 

And 43 per cent of workers say political discussions at work are at least somewhat more common than they were five years ago, while 48 per cent say there’s been no change.

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