In the average American workday, one-third of workers said they and their co-workers talk more about politics than they do about work, according to The Washington Post.
Workers in the survey reported spending an average of two hours a day reading political posts on social media.
Some of the survey's results:
- Number of political posts read per day, on average: 14. (21 percent of that number said they read 20 articles or more.)
- Attended a march or rally since the election: 20 percent.
- Witnessed a political conversation turn into an argument: 50 percent.
- Workers who say they are less productive now: 30 percent.
- Workers who say they are more productive since the election: 70 percent.
BetterWorks, a California software company, commissioned the survey of 500 Americans, The Post reported. BetterWorks CEO Kris Duggan said he noticed politics interrupting the workday among both his employees and his clients.
"People weren't spending the weekend recharging," Duggan said in the Post report. "They were going to rallies or getting caught up in arguments."
Chicago human resources CEO Adam Ochstein said focusing on work helps take his workers' minds off politics, The Post reported.
"If anything, work has become a positive outlet of good distraction for our team," Ochstein said in the Post report. "I think a lot of it is 'Let me focus on the work,' to help 'drown' out the noise."
The survey was taken from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. The survey's respondents were divided into thirds: one-third Democrat, one-third Republican, and one-third independent, The Post reported.
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