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Election week is upon us, and with it can inevitably come heightened emotions. As we approach the end of a divisive campaign season, cast our ballots, and wait for results, we can almost guarantee we will face some political talk at work.

Everyone has a different level of tolerance for political office banter. If you can handle heated discussions and keep your cool, then it’s probably okay for you to engage. However, if your watercooler debates leave you fuming for the rest of the day, it may be best for you to gently extricate yourself from these types of discussions, or better yet, artfully redirect the discussion to something a little less divisive.

Here are some of our suggestions, applicable to both scenarios: those in which you’d like to partake, and those you’d much rather avoid.

If you don’t want to engage


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