Is it ever a good idea to talk about race or politics at work? With so many hot button issues at hand these days, that’s the question at hand in Madame Noire‘s latest post. The blog asked experts — including ReputationManagement.com’s own CEO Bill Fish — to weigh in on whether you can talk about race and politics in the workplace.
Not surprisingly, overall the experts shared a resounding NO. It’s rarely a smart move to discuss hot button issues, especially those having to do with race or politics. Typically, it’s best to simply say that you prefer not to talk about race, religion, politics, or sex at work.
Bill shared his expert advice for answering pointed (but loaded) questions in the workplace:
“In the case that someone asks you a direct question, it’s best to just deflect the question. If I were asked what I thought of the Confederate flag, I would simply say, ‘It sure is controversial, there is no question about that’ and then leave it there,” adds Bill Fish, founder and president of ReputationManagement.com, via email.
To find more expert advice on navigating touchy subjects in the workplace, visit the Madame Noire post.