War in the Workplace...A Recipe for Argument?

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Ambassador Real Estate

I have to say that if you want to bring your entire office into a heated argument, all you have to do is bring up a hot topic in a sales meeting of Realtors.

The story goes like this. On Tuesday morning my office at Prudential Ambassador Real Estate had a sales meeting, and some how political views were discussed. The topic quickly turned to a political/religious discussion and climaxed when one individual brought up abortion. WOW! Honestly, I have never heard such back and forth stabs between professionals in a work environment.

Is there a place for religious or political discussion in the work place? It seems that every time a discussion like this occurs people take sides and the battle of who is right and who is wrong commences!

I think this is something that needs to be discussed. Let me know what you think...

Comments (13)

Randall Sandin
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate

I try to leave those topics at home or for private discussions...I could see an agent today not showing your listing due to your political beliefs

Jan 17, 2009 08:09 PM
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

Hard to believe that whomever was leading the sales meeting didn't put a stop to that type of discussion.  I would have gotten up and walked out (and I have on one occasion - in my old brokerage - when the topic turned from 'how can we help each other' to blatant politics.)

Jan 17, 2009 08:22 PM
Short Sales Buyers
ShortSalesBuyers.com - Fullerton, CA

I agree with Kris... someone should of stoped it, but I guess sometimes as person in that position... you rather stay on the sideline and watch (learning what makes them tick). 

Bottom line... politics as long as you state your policies and why with hard facts it would be ok.... religon... is a no no

Jan 17, 2009 08:33 PM
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

If this was my broker and office I think I would have excused myself. I dont really have time for all that talk. It wont help me make an income!

Jan 17, 2009 09:04 PM
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

Bruce and I try to keep work as work during business hours.  It was that way in our former office which was considerably larger.  We had enough to cover in meetings to keep us busy!  There are some subjects that bring people to disagreement and that is one.  We have very strong thoughts on the subject but not for a workplace discussion!  We would have left and gone to work!

Jan 17, 2009 10:16 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

There is no place in the workplace for political and religious arguments.  Much to large of a hot button issue with many.  From the meeting you described above, I'm fairly certain there will be long standing resentments now by the most radical believers of either side of these issues.  It will not help the office or their careers.

Jan 17, 2009 11:22 PM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Matthew - I agree with Kris and others - that conversation should have been stopped.  In my opinion, in a setting like that, it should have been nipped in the bud.  Too many things to do in a work day to not have gotten up and walked out to get to work.

Ann

Jan 17, 2009 11:25 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Politics and religion - topics that should never be spoken at work (meetings or with clients) or even at some family gatherings!

Jan 17, 2009 11:40 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

NO!

Jan 17, 2009 11:41 PM
Matthew O'Shea
Prudential Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
The O'Shea Group at Prudential - 402.310.5977 -

You have all completely made very valid arguments. It seems we agree that it is just someting we should leave at home, or for a different venue. Thanks to all of you for you wonderful comments.

Jan 18, 2009 02:18 AM
Teresa Harris
Lake Real Estate, LLC - Denver, NC
Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte

Funny you brought this up Matthew... I'm out numbered in our office. I have no idea how I picked this but I am totally the only one on the one side and everyone else is on the other side so when the topic comes up I say nothing........

Jan 28, 2009 02:32 PM
Matthew O'Shea
Prudential Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
The O'Shea Group at Prudential - 402.310.5977 -

Teresa, sometimes I feel the same way.

Jan 28, 2009 02:46 PM