I often work closely with someone who is always talking politics, which I'd rather not do. I'm always trying to steer the conversation into other areas, with little success. How should I handle this? This is a tough one. Unless you really think it's going to offend the other person, be upfront and tell him (or her) you're not comfortable talking politics at work. Let him know it's the topic, not him. He may be totally unaware of your feelings, so don't assume that he is and is just ignoring you. Sometimes, the obvious isn't so obvious. Be proactive, bring up other topics, steer the conversation -- or start the conversation. That puts you in the driver's seat.
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