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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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 manage the office politician good at managing up and maintaining excellent perception of himself

I was going through Google i/o video about organizational manipulation AKA office politics and came across this -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTCuYzAw31Y&t=14m40s How do you manage people like ...
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How to survive in hostile work environment? [on hold]

My problem is that my manager used to pass me personal comments which I did not like. So I told him to stop and that I do not like it. I am a female. Personal comments like how does your family ...
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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, outside of my mentor. I named several people. Then he asked me if there is someone in the company I ...
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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 ...
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Politics in implementing a belief for a project [closed]

I have been hired by a phone company to implement Google Analytics for their Android device. With my skills in Google Infrastructure, I can help them create apps using Google products. My goal is to ...
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Being blocked from joining the main office [closed]

I work in a separate office, along with my manager, to the rest of our small company (total 6 employees). It is causing a number of issues including being left out of decision making, not being able ...
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Is it a bad idea to reveal to a boss that you had applied for another position in the same company and didn't get it? [closed]

I had applied for a position in a very large company and did not get it. Years latter I was hired by the same company, but in a different branch. I once mentioned to my boss that I had an interview ...
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What are some general principles about working in a politically toxic workplace? [closed]

You are a mid-level employee in an organization where the office politics is very toxic all around. How do you survive working in a such environment? I guess the answer also depends whether you have ...
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Using the term 'act of god'

I hear the term 'act of god' frequently when the service desk at my company is discussing issues caused by weather etc. I was pretty surprised by this and left wondering if this is commonplace? (I ...
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ignored and leftout , how can i help myself? [closed]

[background] I work in IT for a bank. I moved from another team in the same organization to my current team - When I joined ( 2 years back ) I figured my boss is very territorial about the location he ...
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Should I tell my employer that I am running for a political office? [closed]

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 ...
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How should I handle a conflict of interest of a coworker?

I am a senior software engineer in a small private company of about 55 employees. There is a manager here of the EE (Electrical Engineering) group who at every possible chance asks the CEO for me and ...
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What tactics can I use to prevent a vocally negative employee from hurting morale?

4 months ago I joined a company as team lead. One of the senior members around my level in the company has a habit of publicly and vocally calling out people when he sees something that isn't done the ...
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someone always give you hard time, what do you do? [closed]

I work in a small company, normally there are only 2 girls in the office (including me). My colleague (the other girl) has worked here for 3 years and I just started, half year or so. Other people ...
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Dealing with jealous and overcontrolling ex-boss [closed]

I started working at this company more than 5 years ago as an assistant. One of my superiors never trusted my capabilities and never supported my growth, however I got promoted quickly, and after some ...
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Is this harassment or discrimination or nothing? [closed]

This happened to a friend of mine but he doesn't want to ask it himself for the reasons of anonymity. He works in a company with open workplace. So when people have to make calls, they should go to ...
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What is an “Open Door Policy”?

Based on this question, I searched this site to see if there's any description of "open door policy." This question is meant as a place to describe What is an "open door policy"? Guidance on how ...
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Is it appropriate to ask coworkers and boss to let me know when they arrive and expect to leave?

Where I work, the other four members of my department always arrive at random times, usually latter than when they are expected. It is not uncommon for two of them to arrive around 11am. I know it's ...
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My current boss asks surprising questions which haven't been asked by a boss before, how should I respond?

My current position is within the IT department for a large company. My boss often asks me questions that I didn't expect and am not sure how to answer. The questions are often sudden, making me feel ...
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How to backseat project manage when meetings are poorly/not facilitated?

Meetings without agendas which are poorly facilitated do NOT fall into the category of beneficial meetings. Unfortunately, a lot of PMs or managers do not have the expertise or skill leading ...
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How to approach getting rid of geese from workplace? [closed]

I work for a location which has quite a few acres and around 2,000 employees. We recently built a new building, part of which was some nice landscaping, including a pond on the campus. Well, now we ...
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Getting recognition for helping colleagues perceived as 'experts'

Today I realized something that, as far as I'm concerned, is a problem for me. I work as a semi-senior developer at a software company. Even though I've the least experience of everyone in my team, I ...
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How can inform my company that the lecture had some inaccurate information in a diplomatic sort of way?

I am a roughneck who works on a drilling rig and I had a lecture at work where they were explaining the forces involved in a pulley system. It worked out so that I actually had this lecture twice, but ...
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Spoken, but unwritten. Followed, by most. Options?

I've been working in Iowa for a privately held company for over 4 years now as a salaried employee. For the last 2 1/2 years, I have had a photo of my daughter at my desk. Our cubes / desks are in a ...
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In an interview how can I explain the short duration of my last job? [closed]

I was at my first job after graduating from university for 6 months. It was close to my dream job, but I met with issues that made me really confused in the workplace and found it difficult to work ...
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How should we handle 'Jak' who takes credit for others' work and ideas? [closed]

PM rejects ideas then brings them back later as his own The situation is me and my colleague, say 'Jak', report to the same manager, 'Dom', but 'Jak' has the title of project manager. I am more into ...
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Should I confront a colleague who uses another co-worker to air grievances with me? [closed]

Recently, I had a few disagreements with two of my peers, regarding various work issues. The two are quite close and obviously discuss things privately. One is male, one female. Last week, I had a ...
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My new boss was junior to me, what do I do?

Recently I was in competition for a promotion to manager which I did not get. The promotion went to someone with less experience than I have and someone who, I believe, is less qualified than I am and ...
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Can a competing peer be your supervisor [closed]

I am placed in a new software project along with another colleague who happens to be one level up in hierarchy. We both are on the project for around a month now. As both of us are new to the project ...
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No Job Satisfaction - Any Suggestions? [closed]

I know a person with the following issue in their workplace, and I wish to help them, however I am unsure as to what suggestions to give them. So here goes (Lets call this person Jane). Jane works as ...
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Confronting my manager for his dishonesty

I'm a sys admin in a pretty respectable company that does everything from infrastructure to web site hosting to software development. I have been wanting to move into programming for some time, but ...
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How to get a peer to stop giving me orders

A colleague often instructs me to do work for them. While the instruction is precise, I feel it is not at all my responsibility. For example, he has asked me to print a document that is hundreds of ...
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Is it risky to complain on an employee satisfaction survey?

I've been told that it is never good to complain on an employee satisfaction survey--even if partly anonymous. The reasoning is that HR may attempt to rectify the situation, which means attention will ...