HealthDay News — According to a poll conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), American workers find that political conflicts in the workplace create stress and are taking a toll on job performance.

The new online survey, which took place in February and March, included 1311 US adults employed either full-time or part-time. 

For comparison purposes, the APA researchers also analyzed a pre-election online survey conducted in September that involved 927 American workers. 

The more recent survey found that 26% of workers said they felt tense or stressed ever since the election, due to political discussions at work. This compared to 17% noted in the September poll.

Political debates at work also left 21% of workers feeling more cynical and negative during the workday, compared to 15% before the election, the survey showed. One in six of those polled said political debates since the election have strained their relationships at work. 

The researchers found that 16% of the participants viewed their co-workers in a more negative light, 16% felt more isolated from others in their workplace, 17% said their teamwork suffered, and 18% perceived their workplace as a more hostile environment. 

Cynicism and negativity among women increased dramatically since the election and the political discussions that have ensued, jumping from 9% before the election to 20% afterwards.

Getting work done was more difficult due to political debates since the election for 15% of the employees polled. Work quality suffered among 13% and productivity fell for 14%, the survey found.

Reference

Political Talk Plagues Workers Months After US Election [press release]. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association; May 3, 2017.

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