September 17, 2019

Survey: Millennials Most Likely to Waste Time Talking Politics

A few weeks ago, we discussed whether or not discussing politics at work was a good idea. In general, it's ill-advised because voices get raised, names get called, feelings get hurt, threats get made and you can be damn sure nothing gets resolved. These discussions also have the tendency to drag on, so what might've began as friendly chat at the Keurig machine turns into an hour-long yakfest.

So, who's to blame for all this animosity and wasted time? Yep, everyone under 35!

Of the more than 1,000 US workers Accountemps polled, 56% worried that office discussions about politics and the presidential election could get heated and offend others rather than keep everybody informed. Millennials, those age 18 to 34, are most likely to lose productivity because of discussing politics in the workplace.

One-fourth of Millennial workers said their productivity has already suffered, compared with 15% of all respondents. More time spent on conversations that weren’t work-related was to blame the most (68% overall), but particularly amongst Millennials (75%).

At this stage in the election, employers really should just ride it out until Thanksgiving. No one gets anything done in November anyway.

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