Bees with patients/ clients: do you talk politics?

posted 3 months ago in Career
Post # 61
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Bumble bee

The people suggesting that those who find the coworker’s political comment unprofessional simply because “our beliefs don’t align with her” are being just as dismissive about a complex topic as the coworker was being about socialism. 

Post # 62
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

chocolateplease :  An example I experienced, the health care system sent out a memo stigmitizing a drug that in an emergency situation can save someone’s life.  The reasoning for it had nothing to do with safety, it’s expensive and too many doctors are fucking clueless about the condition and their drugs.  I brought up my concerns about it at my appointment, my doctor mentioned someone I could contact about that in addition to the health care minister.

Post # 63
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

It appears as if you have no context to inform you as to whether this was an appropriate conversation or not. So if I were you I would not think it my place to “report” the conversation. 

 

 

Post # 64
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1581 posts
Bumble bee

Yes, I talk to my clients about politics.  It is on their minds and they want to talk about it.  Some have conservative beliefs and some have liberal beliefs.  My role in the room is unconditional positive regard and respect.  I can handle that without avoiding the subject altogether.  

 

Post # 65
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1581 posts
Bumble bee

kittemae1990 :  One thing to consider, for your own growth, is the opportunity to lean in to this topic that you find very challenging.  Consider that maybe you’re more afraid of your own feelings about politics than the actual harm of exploring politics with your clients.  You don’t have to have a political message to talk about politics.  

Post # 66
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Absolutely not, it’s so unprofessional. You aren’t just representing yourself when you’re at work, you’re representing your organization and throwing your political leanings in is taking an unnecessary stance and attaching it to your organization. Also you don’t know how people will react, the may suddenly not trust your judgement because of your political leanings and now they aren’t going to take the medication you prescribed. In some use cases it can really be dangerous. My husband on the other hand works at a think Tank wehrte it is appropriate to some degree because it’s his job but he still has to follow the organization’s stance on things even if he disagrees personally

Post # 67
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Interestingly, my job IS politics. I talk politics all the live long day. I’m genuinely fascinated by the subject. But never, not once have I given a political opinion at work. I think that’s where the line is. For religious reasons, I take care to maintain political neutrality at all times. But that doesn’t mean I have to pretend not to be aware of what’s going on in the world around me, or awkwardly redirect any conversation containing the word Trump (or what have you). 

Another thing I find relevant is that sometimes people mention social issues and based on who is saying it or in what context, people assign a political motivation to the subject matter. And I don’t think that’s right. Someone can say, “my husband’s family has been separated a long time, I sure wish immigration were more accessible to people in bad situations.” Just like they can say “it’s terrible the way so many unarmed Black people are being killed by police,” or “the football field is no place for protesting.” It is fully possible to engage meaningfully on this and similar topics without bringing partisanship into it at all. But I think there are some people and organizations that hide behind a blanket ban on “political speech” to silence any discussion of topics they find uncomfortable. 

Post # 68
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Sugar bee

Ordinarily I would say no, although I find that sometimes phrases like Cheeto in Chief tend to slip out.

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