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ConservativeCarl
04-23-2012, 05:37 PM
So my wife purchased this political poster (http://www.rightposters.com/?thatcher-union-quote) for me the other day (I am a big Margaret Thatcher fan).

I want to put it up in my pod at work, which would be a brave move given it's about time us conservatives stopped hiding. However, it also could be an insane move, given that some employees in the office belong to the union.

Should I stand up for the conservative cause? Or should I keep my politics out of the workplace for the sake of harmony?

I wanted some input.

Retread
04-23-2012, 05:50 PM
In 40 plus years as an employee I found it better in the long run to not post my politics, even to the minimum level of that poster, in the workplace.

I did not hide my personal views from my co-workers or my bosses and had many a spirited conversation regarding those as well as my views on revised historical notes and their influence on the general views of the public at large today.

with all said - how big is this? Will it cover a wall or the space of an A11 sheet of paper? Can you put it in a position that one must be physically in the pod to observe it?

Real bottom line: What's your direct supervision line of command going to think about it?

Apache
04-23-2012, 08:36 PM
Shut up and Sing. Ever hear that phrase?

Unless you work in politics, politics have no place at work... Leave the poster at home, it has a better chance at a longer life there :friendly_wink:

Artois
04-23-2012, 09:30 PM
Unless you work in politics, politics have no place at work... Leave the poster at home, it has a better chance at a longer life there :friendly_wink:

That's my typical position as well. Quite frankly when I'm at work, I want to work not hear religious proselytizing or someone's political view. There are exceptions of course.

For what it's worth the notion that every union member is liberal or a socialist is pretty dead wrong. I'd even state that the vast majority of members I worked with on a daily basis were pretty diehard conservatives, except when the GOP went on an anti-worker tirade.

ABC in Georgia
04-23-2012, 09:39 PM
Should I stand up for the conservative cause? Or should I keep my politics out of the workplace for the sake of harmony?

I wanted some input.

My 2 cents?

CC ... think of it this way ... say YOU being a conservative ... owned the company, and one of your employees put up a poster of OBAMA in his cubicle ... would it have any effect on you?

Even in the slightest?

Best not to risk it, no matter what side of the fence the boss is on. Your fellow workers could also be a problem in your day to day dealings with them, especially the dems! ... :biggrin-new:

~ ABC

Hawkgirl
04-23-2012, 10:27 PM
Don't do it...I'm known to be a Conservative in the "office"..but I only talk about it if I'm challenged...and when I am, they usually shut up pretty quickly as I'm more knowledgeable than them in the field of politics. It's quite shocking how little most people know about what's going on in the world. I have a "never forget 9/11" ribbon sticker on my desk and that's the extent of anything Conservative I show. Even during election season, I keep my work desk neutral.

Odysseus
04-24-2012, 12:26 AM
Your workplace is just that, your workplace, and if hanging the poster is going to interfere with work, then it's the wrong move. Besides, do you want your employer to think of you as the guy who keeps generating complaints from the office leftists, or do you want him to think of you as the guy who does the job and doesn't create drama?

noonwitch
04-24-2012, 09:56 AM
My cubicle is decorated with artwork by children, photos of the children I work with and some that I am related to, and a sticker that says "I haven't been the same since that house fell on my sister". I used to have a picture of Axl Rose up, but it scared the younger coworkers. I don't know why-most of them have as many tats as he does.


My workplace has rules about blatant political speech and it is a place dominated by liberals. Over the years we have had the occasional conservative-one guy who retired a few years ago was a Rush Limbaugh fan and had a sign with his quote about vanilla extract being brown taped up in his cube. Some have photos of themselves standing next to various political figures they have met-Obama, Clinton, the late Coleman Young, Jennifer Granholm, etc.

linda22003
04-24-2012, 10:08 AM
I don't show politics at work or on the outside of my car.

That being said, most people probably won't even know who it is, if you post the picture.

Novaheart
04-24-2012, 10:15 AM
So my wife purchased this political poster (http://www.rightposters.com/?thatcher-union-quote) for me the other day (I am a big Margaret Thatcher fan).

I want to put it up in my pod at work, which would be a brave move given it's about time us conservatives stopped hiding. However, it also could be an insane move, given that some employees in the office belong to the union.

Should I stand up for the conservative cause? Or should I keep my politics out of the workplace for the sake of harmony?

I wanted some input.

Keep conversation pointed towards non-controversial topics. Typically sex, religion, and politics are not discussed at the wardroom table.

http://www.officersguide.org/6.html

Novaheart
04-24-2012, 10:18 AM
Your workplace is just that, your workplace, and if hanging the poster is going to interfere with work, then it's the wrong move. Besides, do you want your employer to think of you as the guy who keeps generating complaints from the office leftists, or do you want him to think of you as the guy who does the job and doesn't create drama?

Exactly. Managers tend to behave like elementary school teachers; If all the other kids in their red hats are tormenting the kid in the blue hat, the kid in the blue hat is the problem.

Novaheart
04-24-2012, 10:23 AM
I have never understood the need to decorate ones workspace. I have worked with people whose space looked like a shrine to the Blesséd Virgin, a shrine to Mad Magazine, a shrine to muscle cars, a duplicate of their mantle.

I believe in a strictly business workspace.

Wei Wu Wei
04-24-2012, 11:59 AM
So my wife purchased this political poster (http://www.rightposters.com/?thatcher-union-quote) for me the other day (I am a big Margaret Thatcher fan).

I want to put it up in my pod at work, which would be a brave move given it's about time us conservatives stopped hiding. However, it also could be an insane move, given that some employees in the office belong to the union.

Should I stand up for the conservative cause? Or should I keep my politics out of the workplace for the sake of harmony?

I wanted some input.

I'm a 'crazy radical hardcore anti-capitalist Leftist' and I don't have a problem with conservatives at my job. In fact, my favorite co-worker to have discussions with (and I quite like her personally) is a staunch religious conservative (she even volunteered to do phone calls for Republican candidates).

She's great to talk to about anything, we joke constantly, we have fantastic rapport and when issues of politics come up she's a great and respectful sparring partner. We challenge each other to examine our own ideas and each others.

It's interesting, fun, insightful, and quite respectful.

One of my other close colleagues is a Ron Paul fan, so I have fun discussing these things with her as well.


Honestly I find being openly political is nearly no hindrance at all to personal social connections in real life. Sure on the internet everyone seems butthurt and everyone has something to prove and everyone is rude and mean, but in real life people are, in my experience at least, pretty chill about these things.

I think as long as you are respectful, and give them the same open mind that you would appreciate, that you will do just fine expressing your political stances. Just don't expect to do it without being challenged. Some people may come up and question you about it, but don't get too defensive, don't take it personally, and be willing to have the discussion.

Wei Wu Wei
04-24-2012, 12:04 PM
Generally in my jobs the attitude has been "as long as you get your jobs done, discussion is free." Explicit sexual comments are obviously officially prohibited (sexual harassment laws), but political talk is fair game.

txradioguy
04-24-2012, 02:54 PM
Great poster. I say put it up.

Odysseus
04-24-2012, 07:01 PM
I have never understood the need to decorate ones workspace. I have worked with people whose space looked like a shrine to the Blesséd Virgin, a shrine to Mad Magazine, a shrine to muscle cars, a duplicate of their mantle.

I believe in a strictly business workspace.

On the top of my hutch, I have a model of an M4 Sherman tank and a Niccolo Machiavelli action figure. The people who might object to Machiavelli have never read him.


I'm a 'crazy radical hardcore anti-capitalist Leftist' and I don't have a problem with conservatives at my job. In fact, my favorite co-worker to have discussions with (and I quite like her personally) is a staunch religious conservative (she even volunteered to do phone calls for Republican candidates).

She's great to talk to about anything, we joke constantly, we have fantastic rapport and when issues of politics come up she's a great and respectful sparring partner. We challenge each other to examine our own ideas and each others.

It's interesting, fun, insightful, and quite respectful.

One of my other close colleagues is a Ron Paul fan, so I have fun discussing these things with her as well.

You know a hard core Republican on your faculty? I call BS.

ConservativeCarl
04-24-2012, 07:24 PM
Thanks for the input everyone.