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Navigating Different World Views

Date: September 26, 2020

Everyone has heard the advice to “not talk about politics or religion in the workplace”. In the current climate, the list of subjects that could trigger passionate debates and even nasty interchanges seems to be growing. Usually, these subjects are deeply personal, and discussing them can lead to emotional reactions, both good and bad. Finding out that a coworker has the same views as you can be comforting and affirming, but the exchange can also charge you up emotionally just when you may need to remain calm and focused. Finding out that a coworker has opposing views can change how you see that co-worker, potentially leading to tensions and conflicts in the workplace. How exactly can one navigate different world views without giving up professionalism and civility? Consider some of the suggestions contained in the communication from our MEC Employee Assistance/Professional Standards Committee.

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