Ticking the Box

By Read, Ellen | New Zealand Management, May 2008 | Go to article overview

Ticking the Box


Read, Ellen, New Zealand Management


Who do you vote for? Why is that considered a rude question? We are happy to ask where people live, work, holiday, about their partner, what they read, their favourite colour or food, even their religion, but not their politics. I find this odd as surely those questions allow us to build up a far more detailed picture of someone than merely guessing (via other signals) whether to place them on the left, right or centre of the political spectrum. Especially in New Zealand where the spectrum is hardly wide-ranging in the first place. It's not as if we're going to unwittingly uncover some horrific hidden perversion via that question, as you'd have to move much further afield than New Zealand to encounter such political offerings. And surely the better understanding you have of how a colleague thinks and operates, the more productive your working relationship will be.

I don't mind talking about politics but personally I hate money conversations. They are pretty much guaranteed to make me feel uncomfortable and wish I was somewhere else. Even if it's not anything to do with my finances personally--I just get really embarrassed. I tried collecting for a charity once, you know with a bucket and stickers outside a busy supermarket. …

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