Election talk hindering productivity, says survey

by L&D10 Oct 2016
Proving that the fiery US presidential election is having a deleterious effect on the American workforce, a new survey has found that the contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is stressing out workers and instigating arguments that are harming productivity.
The survey, conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), has shown that one in four employees have been negatively affected by discussion of the race for the White House, and that certain divisions between genders and generations have been brought to light.
Among younger workers (those under 34), 28 percent reported that political discussions in the workplace left them feeling stressed, while among millennials, one in four claimed political conversation was leading to workplace hostility.
It was found that workers over the age of 45 were less likely to avoid colleagues because of their political views, with those aged 44 or younger more likely to give those with different political views a wide berth.
As far as gender is concerned, twice as many men as women said that political discussion was upsetting to the point of affecting productivity. In addition, twice as many men reported feeling isolated in the workplace as a result of political conversation and perceived an increase in workplace hostility.
Tellingly, 47 percent of those surveyed said that this election was more likely to provoke discussion in the workplace than those in previous years. Overall, 27 percent reported some kind of negative outcome as a result of discussing the Clinton-Trump contest.
The survey was conducted in August among 927 American adult workers employed both full-time and part-time.