Election Day in the office is a minefield.
As a general rule you shouldn't discuss politics in the workplace. This is a space for professional conduct and, for better or worse, political discussions are anything but. Most days the best way to handle that colleague with the crazy views is to ignore his bumper sticker, focus on getting through the tasks at hand and watching how much you drink at the office holiday party.
This has never been more true than in 2016. The past year's presidential election has raised unusually intense passions on all sides of the aisle, from the Democrats and Republicans who see this as an existential election, to the Independents who treat voting as a smug lifestyle choice.
Many of us have been able to paper over these differences so far, the same way you smile and change the subject at an elderly relative's vaguely twisted comments. Election Day makes it harder, though. The issue is front and center. Banners are everywhere, people are taking time off to hit the polls, and well-deserved "I Voted" stickers are pushing the issue front and center all day long.
To figure out how to get through this with a minimum of bother, we spoke with Monster.com's Vicki Salemi on handling Election Day in the office. Perhaps unsurprisingly, her main advice when it comes to talking politics tomorrow is: don't.
"The best way to handle politics in the office is to avoid them altogether," she said. "Do not bring them up, and if someone else does, try to bridge the conversation into another topic."