Korn Ferry Workplace Survey: Mum’s the Word When It Comes to Politics in the Office
-- Nearly One-Quarter Say Political Environment Interferes with their Job Performance --
-- Nearly One-Fifth Say Their Company Has Lost Business for Taking Political Stand --
Editor’s Note: Survey Responses at End of News Release
Fifty-six percent of respondents say that disclosing their political affiliation in the workplace could negatively impact their career, and nearly one-quarter (23 percent) say the current political environment interferes with their job performance.
“While politics in many parts of the globe is an incredibly divisive
issue, corporations would do well to encourage constructive dialogue
across this divide,” said Andrés Tapia,
While the survey shows the majority of executives would prefer to not share their personal political viewpoints at their place of employment, most (54 percent) say they are comfortable with politics being discussed at work, and nearly two-thirds (61 percent) are comfortable with their company taking on political issues.
While one quarter of respondents say their organization has already taken on a political issue, 17 percent say their company has lost business as a result.
“When it comes to taking a stand, no one can dispute that doing so carries financial risks. But so could not taking a stand,” said Tapia. “Further, there are those companies that felt they could not be silent based on their values and what’s important to their employees. Many of these companies have emerged with enhanced reputations and, in various cases, have been rewarded in the marketplace.”
About the Survey
There were 742 executive responses to the
Do you feel that disclosing your political affiliations in the workplace could negatively impact your career?
Are you comfortable with politics being discussed in the workplace?
Does the political environment ever interfere with your personal job performance?
Has your company taken a position on any political issue?
Are you comfortable with your company taking on political issues?
Has your company lost any business as a result of taking a political stance?
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