Diversity Woman Magazine

SUM 2016

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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Upfront > 10 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N S u m m e r 2 0 1 6 d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m THINKSTOCKPHOTOS Dear DW, Is it OK to talk about politics at work? Signed, Te Debater Dear The Debater, It's probably best if you don't. For starters, some employee hand- books explicitly advise against talking politics in the ofce. As election season gets into full swing, it's a good idea to find out what's considered acceptable in your workplace. If your organiza- tion has a policy in place, you should absolutely avoid political conversations at work. Even if your company has no of- fcial policy, it's prudent to steer clear of such discussions. "It can become a high-risk conver- sation that can make people uncom- fortable," says Sherry Sims, founder of Black Career Women's Network. "It can lead to human resources get- ting involved if something that was said during the conversation makes him or her uncomfortable." Party Pooper How to Get a Good Night's Sleep Shortcuts For instance, saying you think a particular candidate is too old to be president could lead to the percep- tion that you have a bias against older workers. Here's another potential down- side: you may learn things about a coworker's political beliefs that you wish you hadn't. Tis could put a strain on your working relationship with that person, making it harder to stay productive and focused during your interactions. And let's face it: even for the most emotionally intelligent among us, when the subject is politics, passions can take over. "Not everyone will be able to agree to disagree," says Sims. You could get drawn into exchanges that are more heated than is appropri- ate for work, which could make you appear emotional and unprofessional. If a coworker tries to draw you into a political discussion, you can lightly say what many people tell their family members at Tanksgiving— "Sorry, I don't talk about religion or politics here." The Office S leep problems have become something of an epidemic: one-third of adults in the United States report sleeping fewer than seven hours a night, and a similar number say they nod of in the day- time at least once a month. Tese tips from the National Sleep Foundation can help you get the rest you need. Take a midday walk. Daytime light exposure helps to regulate your sleep-awake cycle, keeping you more alert at work and promot- ing better sleep at night. Skip the afternoon coffee run. Cafeine— whether from cofee, tea, soft drinks, or chocolate—can stay in your body for as long as 14 hours. You're better of limiting your intake to the morning. Stay away from screens for at least an hour before bed. Te light emitted by computer and smartphone screens pro- motes wake- fulness. And answering emails and writing all those clever social media posts tend to rev you up, too. Create a soothing bedtime routine. Wind down before sleep with a calming activity like reading, knit- ting, or meditation. Tis cues your body and mind that you're shifting away from activity and into resting mode. Don't toss and turn. Staying in bed when you can't sleep just makes you associate the bedroom with wakefulness. If you can't sleep after 15 minutes or so, go to another room and do something relaxing and undemand- ing, like folding laundry or reading. z z z

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