If you grew up in the United States, odds are good that someone taught you the following topics were off limits outside the home: politics, religion, and sex.
American workplaces have long upheld these and other conversational taboos. For example, it used to be that no one would even think of discussing their personal lives (from health problems to romances) at work. But as times have changed, so too have office dynamics. Controversial topics arise in the workplace today more than ever before, and it’s important to learn how to navigate these conversations with tact and grace.