The presidential election is everywhere. It's on every television station. On the radio. On billboards. In magazines. In social media. No matter where we go, we can't escape the political talk.

Which means that at some point (if it somehow hasn't already), the election will come up at the office. How do you handle it?

A lot of people will say the best policy is to not talk politics at the office at all, but I don't think that's always necessarily the case. It all depends on the culture of the organization and within each division or group.

There are a lot of companies that have progressive cultures. I don't mean progressive in purely the political sense; progressive in a way where employees communicate about everything from politics to race and religion in an open way that's not an issue. It's an open environment where people say what's on their mind.

However, traditional corporate settings still exist where talking about something like politics isn't considered a good thing, and those types of conversations could create tension in the office.

The key is knowing where you work, and knowing the types of people you work with. If you work in an office where people don't want to hear different opinions, then it probably makes sense not to say anything.

The mistake people make is reacting too quickly and getting angry or worked up when they talk about politics in the office. When really the important thing about discussing the election with your coworkers is to learn more about who they are and what they believe in.

When the election comes up at the office, one of the best things that anybody can do, especially if you have strong beliefs and are talking with someone on the opposite end of the spectrum (the extremes are obvious with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders), is not get defensive, and instead ask questions.

Ask coworkers why they like the candidate they're supporting. Learn why they agree or disagree with different policies and issues. Try to pull yourself out of the emotional part of it and really learn about what makes your coworker think a certain way. Chances are you'll learn more about different candidates, too.

At the end of the day, it's more about the thought process than the end result. What got them to like that person? What qualities do they value and where do they want to see change? Maybe you'll agree with their views, and maybe you won't. That's ok. It's about having a discussion and learning.

If you can do that, your corporate culture may grow as a result. Real, authentic relationships develop at work when employees let their guard down and really learn about one another. And when someone sees you're receptive to their viewpoints, they'll feel more comfortable coming to you when they're working on a project or finalizing a deal.

That's what helps companies grow, and that's what helps people grow.