A few months ago, a new co-worker A joined the company. He was hired as a SEO expert social media marketer. Due to the nature of his job, he is always active on various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter & Youtube. He's also obsessed with politics. Fortunately, all of the employees here are supporting the same political party (otherwise the whole situation would have been a hell for me). He is always listening to the news while working using headphones. Every time a breaking news comes, he immediately shares it loudly and everyone in the working hall except me welcome this news and start commenting on it.
All of the co-workers in the hall sit close to each other and keep discussing the political matters of the country. I don't get involved unless it seems very important to make a point.
Two days ago this person A made an argument that the party leader should do this instead of that and I really got triggered and said: "YOU SHOULD BE HIS ADVISOR".
Put simply, I am really bothered and overwhelmed with these political discussions at work even though we all support the newly elected political party. Yesterday I was so overwhelmed that I went to the manager and told him the truth and asked him to let me go home for today. He said "Yes, I understand the situation and can't help it because of the election environment as he himself is involved in discussions" and allowed me to go home.
What I want to communicate ?
I want to know, how can I ask my co-workers to stop discussing and gossiping over political matters of the country.
Currently, I am trying not to engage myself in these discussions by keeping quiet and using headphones so that I don't listen to those Breaking News & political advice
I am pretty sure that this matter will persist when election season ends because people here are obsessed with political parties and affairs