What if a coworker is haranguing you - offering in your face political commentary? Midge Seltzer, CEO of HR solutions firm Engage PEO, suggested: "Politely decline to engage. That should work."

Just say: "Sorry, I am so busy today, really don't have time for this."

You get all that, but you want to speak your mind on politics? Masini has advice for you: "If you have a good natured and light-hearted attitude about a political race, then by all means, engage your colleagues in conversation to share views — but the second one of you becomes heated beyond friendly banter is the second you need to pull back and back off."

Put more simply: If you have a political viewpoint and are comfortable sharing it, in the appropriate circumstances do it if you can with a good natured tone of voice and especially without belittling all opponents and their supporters.

Better advice, from multiple experts, is if you can duck political conversations on the job, stay mum. That's the smart track to safety.

If that's just not you, speak your mind - but do it with respect for coworkers and opposing points of view. Probably that's fine. But remember too, you probably have no protected right to do that. Only silence is safe this season.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held TK positions in the stocks mentioned.

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