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?

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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. ■

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