I am member of a political party, and I will be a candidate for a community-level political office which will be elected this year. Should I tell my employer?
Some background information:
- The fact that I am a member of a political party is an open secret at work. My direct superior knows, my coworkers know, but I never told the upper management up-front.
- The chances of me actually getting elected are almost zero. I am just doing it because the election procedure favors parties which have more candidates, so I help my party just by being one (it's complicated).
- In the unlikely event that I would get elected, my political duties would neither be so time-consuming that I would have to quit my job, nor would it pay well enough that I could.
- As a candidate, I will of course be campaigning. This will take a lot of my free-time. I am of course not going to do any campaigning while I am on the clock. But I might take a few days off and work on an irregular schedule during the campaign. My employer is used to this: We have very flexible work-hours in general and I would support my party just as much when I wouldn't be a candidate.
- Me being a candidate means that me and my political opinion will be a topic of interest for the regional media (at least I hope so). I might get asked what I do for a living and who I am working for.
- I live, work and run for office in Germany.