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February 09, 2012

Want to keep the collegial love going in your workplace on Valentines Day?  Talk about Khloe and Kourtney, not Newt and Mitt, advises Kelly M. Butler on the Employee Benefit Views blog. While politics may be “fertile ground for watercooler discussions,” Bulter advices that workers should talk about “The Real Housewives,” not Romney or Gingrich.

watercooler talk in the office

Butler reports that Dean Debnam, CEO of Workplace Options, told CNN, “As we get closer to the election, and the rhetoric gets even more heated, it’s even more advisable to leave your politics at home,” she tells the network. “You need to create an environment that feels comfortable and productive in every way to employees if you want to get the best out of them.”

Butler agrees, adding that she’s learned over time to keep workplace conversation neutral, and she’s happy to report that Khloe Kardashian’s name is mentioned much more than any politician’s name at her office watercooler.

She hastens to add that talking reality TV doesn’t reflect on “the collective IQ of the staff,” but rather on the fact that it genuinely enjoys each other’s company and doesn’t want to have political discussions that turn into “shouting matches that result in resentments, hurt feelings, and awkward interactions between co-workers.” Bravo!


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