NEW YORK, January 3, 2008: In many offices, the boss has no qualms about making
his or her political beliefs known. According to a survey by Vault.com, 35% of bosses
openly share their political views with employees, and 9% of workers feel pressure to
conform to the boss’ views. Regarding co-workers, 30% of respondents said that a coworker
has tried to influence their choice in an election.
“My boss insisted that he had to know who I voted for in the election,” said one
respondent. “Then he proceeded to tell me that if I didn't vote his way, I had no business
working for the company.”
Vault’s Politics in the Workplace Survey was conducted in October 2007, and consists of
responses from 727 employees representing various industries across the United States.
Political talk is alive and well at the office, as 66% of survey respondents said that their
co-workers candidly discuss politics, and 46% have witnessed an argument about politics
between colleagues. Slightly more than half of all survey respondents (52%) said that
they were open about their own political views at work.
For more on politics in the workplace, visit www.vault.com.
Vault is the leading media company focused on careers. Vault offers over 120 nationally
distributed books and is celebrated for its online resource,www.vault.com, which
includes surveys and “insider” information on more than 4,500 employers, 4,000 colleges
and universities, and hundreds of industries and occupations, as well as the much-praised
Electronic WaterCooler™, the Internet’s first-ever network of message boards for
professionals with nearly 2,000,000 searchable posts. Vault was founded in 1996 by
Hussam Hamadeh, Samer Hamadeh and Mark Oldman.
Contact: Melanie London