13 Millennial Women On How Their Relationships With Their Co-Workers Have Changed Since The 2016 Election


A lot has changed in the six months since Donald Trump was sworn into office, both on a political level and a personal one. Bustle’s State of Our Unions series looks at how millennial women's relationships with their friends, family members, and romantic partners have been affected since the 2016 election. Today's topic: how life at the office is being impacted.

No matter who you voted for in the presidential election, I'm sure Donald Trump is a popular conversation topic at your office. He certainly affected romantic relationships and friendships, so I wondered how much he affects people's office politics, so to speak, and if he affects their work lives. After all, I'm sure you and I both know people who like to talk about Trump as though there are no other conversation topics left on Earth.

"It's important to agree on an approach for coping with this situation," Grant Langston, CEO of eHarmony, tells Bustle. "Be open-minded. The best thing any of us can do is to remain curious and not judgmental, and seek to understand others with differing positions. If you are not happy with the direction things in the country are going, ask yourself, what can I do, that is in my control, to improve the situation? Can you volunteer for an organization that aligns with your beliefs? Doing something positive will make you feel less powerless. Anytime any of us can help another, or contribute in some positive way to our society, we are bettering the world."

I could not agree more with Langston. Plus, a survey conducted by Harris Poll for the American Psychological Association (APA) among 927 U.S. adults last year found that political talk in offices had increased. The survey explored workplace conversations regarding the Clinton-Trump race. It found that 47 percent of all respondents said people were more likely to discuss politics this past election season than in the past. I believe it. You?

The above survey also found that more than one in four employees had been negatively affected by Clinton-Trump conversations. For those under age 34, approximately 28 percent reported that political discussions at work left them feeling stressed. Plus, one in four millennials said political debates led to workplace hostility, and one in five said they avoided some co-workers because of their political views.

All that said, here's what millennial women told me about how their relationships with their co-workers have changed since the election.


As you can see, luckily, many millennials I spoke to seem to be handling politics at the office just fine. However, what Langston says above is good to keep in mind in case you find yourself stuck in an unexpected political debate. As a reminder, "seek to understand others with differing positions," he says. "If you are not happy with the direction things in the country are going, ask yourself, what can I do, that is in my control, to improve the situation?" Of course, this is the question, right?