How to Talk Politics in the Office

The election season workplace is a minefield. Bob Dole and Creed Bratton tell you how you can breeze through it
Illustrations by Zohar Lazar

Earlier this month, Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel e-mailed his roughly 3,200 employees to say that if President Barack Obama is reelected, he will “have no choice but to reduce the size of this company.” Siegel may be eccentric (his attempt to build a 90,000-square-foot mansion is the subject of a recent documentary, The Queen of Versailles), but bringing political chatter into the office isn’t unusual. Here’s a handy guide for navigating eight treacherous situations.

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