It's the season, when thoughts and minds turn to politics.
A political discussion is a wonderful thing - with friends. But it has no place in the office.
For many, politics is intensely personal, and therefore a combustible topic potentially. Others simply don't want to discuss their political views, but may feel pressured to do so in an office situation.
In every instance, a discussion in the workplace that isn't about business takes away from productivity and focus.
Managers should take care to ensure that politics stay out of the office.
Marshall Loeb of MarketWatch has some great pointers from the employee's point of view.