Q My manager assumes I agree politically with her and constantly brings up President Trump and his administration.
It makes me uncomfortable because I don’t want to get into a debate with her, but I don’t want to tacitly agree with her point of view. What can I do without compromising our good relationship?
According to Amanda Augustine, a career-advice expert for the resumewriting service provider TopResume, avoid political discussions, try changing the subject and bring the conversation’s focus back on work. Your boss might eventually take the hint and stop bringing up the subject with you altogether.
If your manager’s tirades are truly distracting you from getting work done, then tell her that you can’t focus on your job while talking in the office. Career coach Danielle Gibson says, “You don’t have to mention that the content of the discussion is bothering you. That’s irrelevant if it’s disrupting your work.”
If your manager continues to talk politics, then it might be best to address the issue directly. “It’s fine to acknowledge her passion for the topic, but stress the fact that you’d prefer to keep political conversations out of the office,” says Augustine. If it’s still an issue, then you can let your human resources department know about how it is affecting your work. They’ll step in to talk to your manager about the behavior. ■