Workplace politics, sometimes referred to as office politics or organizational politics is "the use of one's individual or assigned power within an employing organization for the purpose of obtaining advantages beyond one's legitimate authority.” It is important to note that organizational politics ...

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Maintaining a paper trail after leaving a company

Over the course of my two years with my current employer, I've collected a small but not insignificant amount of company data on my personal machine(s). Most of these are in the form of old config ...
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How to adjust yourself where your colleagues are not understanding to you?

I work in a company where electronic circuit parts are manufactured and assembled. I am in the assembly department. We are team of 15 junior and 2 seniors. I have newly joined and working as junior ...
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How not to get sucked into a game of 3 managers?

I got into a tricky situation at the office. First, let me explain the people's chain: Me -> Manager A (my direct almost-ex-boss) -> Manager B (my manager's manager) -> Manager C (boss of the other ...
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How to clue in a colleague to act more “politically intelligent”?

One of my Colleagues, recently promoted to a team leader position has been putting management's nose out of joint recently by querying silly things. First off, she queried the company policy re: ...
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My job duties has become a political football for powerful factions in the workplace, how do I navigate this?

My department has a central support role (systems and IT) in the organization. My supervisor wants to discredit another department head. That department head wants to discredit my boss. They both use ...
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How to evade work-safe topics when I don't have a culture-safe opinion? [closed]

Politics is moving further and further away from work safe, but sadly, it still comes up every now and then. In my workplace, a few very vocal people are in support of a certain ...
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Appropriate response to praise from C levels that balances political capital without raising false expectation

I joined a company about 6 months ago where they had specifically created a new position for me based on my skills (technical software). I was hired to resurrect a moribund project (decade old) and to ...
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Mention desire for career change to boss?

I'm considering a total shift in my career from IT to non-profit management. I've informed my boss that I'm want to go graduate school and to do this I'd like to go from full-time to part-time in the ...
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Hints that a project is setup to fail [closed]

Company context Company A, which I work for, has decided to outsource some of its operations to companies B, C, and D. These are currently run by mixed teams of ~ 50% employees of A and 50% onsite ...
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How to deal with far less-experienced coworkers [closed]

I've been working at my current company for the past 3 years. When I first joined, I had very little knowledge of the tech industry or even computers in general because my background is in math and ...
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How to deal with incompetent lead?

Alright, so we are a two people team directly reporting to our director. I have 4-5 years of experience and my teammate has 20+ years of experience. For obvious reasons he is my lead. We both are ...
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Career Advice: Should I leave my current team or wait for promotion? [closed]

I have been working for this company for about 11 months now. Everything is going well, however feel undervalued with regards to my salary. About 4 months ago I was passed up for a position with a ...
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How can I manage different expectations from different personnel in different positions?

It's 7 months I am working in this company and I never had this kind of problem in my life. I am a web developer / software developer. Recently I started programming in C and C++ on an embedded ...
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How to overcome “young and inexperienced” reputation?

I work (8 months) at a smallish healthcare company, as a SQL Data Analyst, that is transitioning to a technology/product model. We have around 80 people and 10 in my department. The issue I'm facing ...
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When is work place politics a good thing? [closed]

I’ve heard office politics could be a good thing, for example those who unofficially gain more power have a trait about them which naturally makes them good leaders or suited for the job they now ...
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Getting along with a possibly passive-aggressive coworker because of different political beliefs [closed]

I'm just about to celebrate my first month in a new job in an IT startup. I love my new office, and I love my new job. And lately I think I'm getting along with my new office mates. There's this sweet ...
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What is the end point of company politics? [closed]

I recently joined a larger organisation and I found myself drenched in company politics. I actually reached the point where things improved for myself, but I am not sure about what's next. I have my ...
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How to mitigate the possible political risks/hazards after fighting professionally with the Director of another department? [closed]

I am working as a contractor and a dev team lead for a US-based organization. One of the project that we are developing is a highly visible project. Hence many other departments have daily meetings ...
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Progress blockage due to political tensions

I am close to issuing an internal compliance report on the internal processes at the company where I work as part of a quality review. During testing, some process weaknesses were found for which I ...
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Requesting Cubicle Change due to Noisy Coworkers

Backstory: For the past 2+ years, I've been with the same company. They brought me through college, and essentially trained me. My time with them began with a summer internship. During my time ...
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Other Department manager viewing me as a problem and attacking me. How to deal with the situation?

I am working as a development team lead for a US based Organization. Recently I feel that another department manager is viewing me as a problem and attacking me. Below are reasons I had arranged a ...
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Awkward falling out with cofounder, what to do for W2? [closed]

I started a company with a friend from college after we were done with school. We had a huge adventure for about a year, building out a couple of products and taking in venture financing. I went from ...
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Workpace Hierarchy: Establishing respect with mature co-worker

I work as a programmer and have been lead developer on a new project at my company for some time. I haven't been given the official title of lead developer, but for this project it is a role I have ...
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How can I suggest a list of improvements to my leaders/team without offending them?

I have noted down a list of ways I think we can drastically improve our efficency. Mainly relating to an inefficient attempts at using an Agile methodology. I have some big improvements to suggest in ...
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Being singled out for pay deductions

I work as an online developer for a UK distribution company, and am paid a salary monthly. A few weeks ago I noticed that I was deducted 2.5 hours of pay after being late in to work due to a fatal ...
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As a contractor I have been chosen to lead other contractors and employees. How to safely lead without falling political dangers?

I am working for a US based organization as a contractor from their Vendor. Like me there are other contractors working with the same client. And also few employees also working in the same team. I ...
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How to get rid of an incompetent manager? [closed]

My company has many good managers, with deep technical and social skillsets. However, a few Technically Incompetent Managers (TIMs) are managing to elbow their way up without contributing anything on ...
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How to manage other people who want to jump on board of your successful project?

I am currently working on a few high profile projects which are highly interesting for the company. I am observing lots of interest from my colleagues, and as projects start getting steam and first ...
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Maintaining relationships with coworkers when working in a politically unpopular department

I currently work in IT Compliance / Audit department at my company that operates in the software engineering industry. The company is large and multi - national, with many thousands of employees. My ...
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What to do when you've been thrown under the bus at the office? [closed]

Recently, I was the technical architect for a well-intentioned project at work. Though the project was not well conceived, it was making slow progress toward its goal. I walked into a meeting with ...
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Advice on mixing union and non-union workers

We have had an incident where union workers in a trade were supposedly advised by their union hall to not converse with the only non-union guy from that is from their trade on the same shift. Our HR ...
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How to handle an insubordinate employee faction when I can't replace them?

At my workplace we have a small faction of insubordinate employees who think they can do whatever the like and do not allow new hires in the same department to integrate into the team. The tension has ...
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Is there a way to NOT participate in office politics and still be successful?

The question pretty much speaks for itself. I am a hard worker, very productive, and usually the one everyone turns to when they have a problem. However, I work in a privately owned company, and ...
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How to push a conversation for a transfer between two companies within a parent company?

I currently work for Company D. I work on a small infrastructure team (5 people for all of North America), and we service a few other companies (Company B, Company I, and Company O) within a parent ...
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How to deal with a coworker who uses sensuality and attractiveness to get favors and other things done at work?

I work at a fast-growing tech startup where most employees are between 25 and 35, so the culture is very young and casual. A department that works closely with my team recently hired an intern. She ...
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Hostile work environment [closed]

I've worked in an IT company as a developer for the last 8 months. During my first project in this company for first 6 months, I was given no work as my manager thought I was not capable enough. I was ...
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Everybody wants me for my skills, but I am not supported and all feels like a political tug of war. Should I just quit? [closed]

I recently joined a biotech company with < 300 employees. They make drugs and are interested in bioinformatics and DNA sequencing. It's a peculiar situation. Popularity: I have dozens of ...
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Poached by my client, and I want to accept, what do I say to my current employer?

I work as a Marketing Consultant within a small agency in Australia. I've been there for 4 years and recently was given the opportunity to manage the marketing account for a new client. After working ...
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Fighting Boredom As An Application Developer [closed]

What are some excellent ways to combat boredom as a developer? I've reached this point where I am fighting serious boredom and burn-out with what I do. I'm confident its not boredom with the subject ...
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Event director schedules events without coordinating with me, causing extra work for me

Basically, my boss and his peer (both are directors of their respective departments), don't appear to agree on a particular policy, and it's resulting in extra work for me, confusion for my ...
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What constitutes normal office politics? [closed]

I'm wondering what constitutes normal office politics versus unnecessary or out of the ordinary office politics when it comes to the office environment. It seems like I really only spend 40% of my ...
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What to do when your line manager is heavily involved in a political struggle?

I recently joined a new company in a technical role. My line manager is a very nice person and fully understands the challenges or my position, I am really happy to be working in this team. However, ...
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Should I give up my window seat to my more senior , experienced colleague?

Well, An awkward situation at work. We moved into a new office, and I was lucky enough to get a window seat . The first day, the manager just told us to pick our own seats. So I went ahead found a ...
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How can I leverage an interview from a big competitor while in probation for new job?

I am finishing my probation at a new company. Colleagues are nice, I am quite independent and it's an OK job. On the negative side, I got a 5% pay cut and I am commuting more, and there are no clear ...
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How to deal with being mislead in a company after recent hire [closed]

I was recently hired into a new job as an application developer. I have over five years experience as an application developer. Post hire, I realize what I was lead to believe at the interview is far ...
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Interviewed for an internal promotion but manager already knew who he was giving it to [closed]

I have been with my company 15 years, have received many awards and certifications in our field. I also began doing management training and filling in for previous managers in their time off. A new ...
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Do I need to respond to a card (with a gift)?

I got married recently. We tried to keep it as quiet as possible in order to avoid the drama that would typically come along with with such an event, but I had to eventually had to share it with HR in ...
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Uncomfortable race comments in workplace

I work in a small office. We've had the same cleaning lady for a number of years now, and when she comes once a week to dust/clean my office I'll chat with her. Recently she's made a few comments ...
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Should I tell my manager if I think a coworker could be setting me up to get fired?

I was recently asked to update some test results and found the documents which were basis for those tests removed from our production system (but luckily still tucked away in a test system which ...
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How do companies with “self-managed” employees make HR decisions?

I recently read about Morning Star Tomato. According to this video, their employees are entirely self-managed and contribute to the company in whatever way they see fit. Decisions like equipment ...