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Let's talk about talking about the midterm results at work

Have you voted? I know, you're tired of being asked this question. But exercising our right to vote is one of the most important rights we have, if not the most important right.

If you're like everyone else, then you are sneaking peeks at your smartphone as you work today. Many people feel like they've been waiting forever for election day to arrive, and now it's finally here. Politics is on everyone's mind, we're proudly wearing our "I Voted" stickers, and we'll be sweating it out until we know the results tonight (or whenever the runoff is over). This SNL skit is just a little bit too real to me. Today is a huge day.

The Morning After
Today is one thing, but tomorrow will be the day after the midterms. That's when stuff gets real. A few of your coworkers might want to run a verbal victory lap around the office while you're on your fifth cup of caffeine because you stayed up too late watching election night returns, only to watch your candidate lose by 20 votes. Are there any absentee votes still uncounted? Does anyone know? Everybody stand back, Steve Kornacki is waving his arms again. Steve is awesome.


The only thing worse than watching your candidates lose by a squeaker will be going to work tomorrow to interact with the coworkers whose candidates won. How will you handle their political victory lap around the office?

An excellent piece in USA Today offers much-needed advice for going to work tomorrow. We may not vote the same way, but we still need to work together.

Just know that there could be very raw feelings on both sides of the political fence tomorrow morning, and it's best not to make things worse by gloating -- no matter how sorely we might feel tempted. Even comments said in lighthearted fun might not go over as well as usual tomorrow. The results will be too fresh, and we will still be absorbing them on five hours' sleep.

Many of your coworkers could be feeling extra sensitive, and, quite frankly, rather cranky tomorrow morning. Well, except for the coworker who never votes, doesn't pay attention to politics, and didn't even know the midterms were yesterday. Maybe you could spend tomorrow trying to make sense of the non-voting coworker instead? Good luck, let me know if that works.


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