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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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 ...
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what to do when there are rumors of firing employees on their increment day

I am working for a company which opened its regional office in my country since last year. I started 11 months ago and I was told by HR that company has bright future and it values its employees by ...
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How to diffuse misunderstandings and rumors about me in the work place?

I am working for a US-based consulting firm. They have employed me at their client location based on corp to corp contracts. My employer is vendor to client. I have to report to a manager on the ...
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What are some good exercises outside work to improve my political skills? [closed]

I have been in leadership positions since I was a kid - at various school societies (two of which I founded and still exist after I left) and later at university, as well as at non-profit ...
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To what extent can my volunteering and social responsibility experiences damage my career, if the causes are debatable/political?

Volunteering and social responsibility/charity work is widely encouraged here in the UK as part of ones' professional development - and recruiters/firms/career advisers expect people to list this ...
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Problem getting notice period reduced

I resigned at the start of this month and wanted to have my notice period of 2 months reduced to 2 weeks. The company (my manager and HOD) tried to retain me by making promises of better work and a ...
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Boss changes his mind, doesn't tell me, gets offended when i go with original plan

So, I work in a three man office, just me, the boss, and the lead developer. I'm the grunt of the office, usually my duties involve "Copy this!", "Fax that!", and "Pick up lunch!". I occasionally get ...
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Is faking goals to achieve the real goal a professional tactic in workplace.? [closed]

This is a tactic one of my earlier colleague used in office politics and I have no positive or negative attitude on this method, but I have to admit that it worked for him. I always like to use a ...
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Politics - Employer put a sign up in our yard for someone I don't support

I work at a small office with about half a dozen people. My employer just put a sign in the yard supporting someone running for City Council. I don't support this person and don't like that the sign ...
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Pointing out a perceived flaw in a product when your job security is thin

So I found a flaw in a product my employer sells. My position in the company is such that they allow me to work on projects, but if I want to keep enjoying the good will I've managed to instill in my ...
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How much power does a 'project manager' have? [closed]

Consider a medium sized research group, say a dozen people or more. It's typical in certain fields to have a project manager that looks after finances and other admin tasks. Sometimes the person will ...
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Asking about a salary increase to go along with a title change

I've been told that I will be receiving a title change in a few months which entails a lot more responsibility. The promotion is technically a management level position, while I'm currently not a ...
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How to perform well at work when I am discouraged and demoralized by company politics? [closed]

I enjoy my function and the overall goal of the company but I am motivated by career progression and growth in responsibilities more than anything else; my ultimate goal is to become a great senior ...
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How to react when one of my bosses belittles my authority in presence of my reports? [duplicate]

All my seniors discuss with me first and thereafter leave it to me to handle all the workflow with the team. One of my new bosses - who is not responsible for my overall performance BUT whom I report ...
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Junior colleague is questioning my methodology in front of client

My junior colleague and I attend a meeting every week. Last week I was giving a presentation about the proposed work to be done and my colleague questioned my methodologies in front of the client. At ...
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How to deal with a manager who suppresses your ideas and suggestions and uses them for their personal benefit?

Recently my friend, a software developer, got into the following situation while working at a giant software consultancy. He had a few suggestions about improving a software development process which ...
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Getting Policies Changed and Implementing Standards While Being Ignored

Note: My apologies for this question being so long, but I feel it necessary to explain the situation in full detail to provide maximum understanding. There is a TL;DR summary at the end for who just ...
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Under what circumstances can workplace silos be beneficial to the company?

I have some of the greatest managers and colleagues I have ever had in my working life. Yet one thing that seems to be highly enforced at our company are workplace silos, i.e. information should not ...
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How can I deal with my colleagues making me do the grunt part of the job?

I’m a software developer. I wasn’t careful enough and fixed a couple of bugs in our system that nobody in the team could fix. And that was the beginning of the problem. Today I have to fix the most of ...
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How to deal with team member openly discrediting me across the company?

There are one or two similar questions here, I am sure, but I feel my situation might be quite specific in that I have no disciplinary authority over this person, yet I manage him. The other ...
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If I don't get recognized for my achievements and ideas, am I more likely to find progression by starting at a new place? [closed]

If I identify a constant pattern of my work and ideas not being recognized, others taking full credit for achievements I enabled, and even ignoring me - could it mean that I will never be successful ...
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Can I save face when I have been humiliated?

I have always been ambitious in my career but I am unsure where this has taken me. I want to be taken seriously, I feel an intense need to retain control (not necessarily over people, just over my ...
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How to show passion and motivation at workplace without working out of hours?

Most German corporations are now banning out-of-hours work, with government regulations stepping in to tighten these measures in order to improve work-life balance in the country... I don't know if ...
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Are there examples of workplace politics that are not dishonest or deceptive? [closed]

I have read a few questions here about politics and wanted to ask more about a topic that caught my eye from a conversation. Is it possible to engage in company politics while being fully honest and ...
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How to communicate disagreement or concern about management's decision to promote someone?

I have heard and read that promotions, especially after the first level of management, are not based on merit, performance or expertise, but rather on being aligned with senior management, being more ...
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To approach coworker “attempting to help” personally, or contact my manager and get them to clarify?

I currently work in a small office with several people most of whom are not in the same department as I am. One of whom have been with the business for quite a while and act as a mouthpiece for my ...
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What are the pros & cons of changing companies to keep one’s upward career growth?

If you notice a trend where others (including new hires) are directly placed or promoted above your position—for whatever reason—is the option of leaving the company the only way to find a higher role ...
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As a new manager, how can I learn to navigate the company politics? [closed]

As I wrote elsewhere, I feel that my role as a manager is being marginalized by my superiors. I am loosing some of my responsibilities, and my managers (both director and line manager) tell me that I ...
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Are there benefits to revisiting past political missteps?

I was in a situation where my manager retired, and we had an acting manager. It was at the same time that funding was less stable, and there were layoffs. At the time I thought I was quite secure: my ...
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What can I do to make a coworkers lack of effort more visible?

There have been a number of questions where people have been dealing with coworkers who were not pulling their weight. The common perception seems to be that this is due to lack of effort or ability. ...
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What do I say if my manager asks me if there is someone in the company I would rather not work with?

As I was meeting with my manager the other day, he asked me who in the department I looked up to, besides my mentor. I named several people. Then he asked me if there was anyone in the company I would ...
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How to deal with the situation when the manager or CTO hired many buddies or ex-coworkers? [duplicate]

One of the hardest things I found in previous jobs is that, the manager or the CTO hired old college buddies, previous coworkers, or even girlfriend and girlfriend's brother in important roles. They ...
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Does complaints about leaving hours inappropriate? [closed]

I am in the following situation: A person in a senior position is sloppy in his job and that affects our team. As a result we spend many times working overtimes to reach deadlines but he always leaves ...