Questions tagged [politics]

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 are by definition: "The pursuit of individual agendas and self interest without regard to their effect on the organization's efforts to achieve its goals."

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Hiring via Internal Transfer vs. External

I am currently hiring to fill an open position in my team. This is something I’ve done dozens of times during my career, through external candidates and I’ve been fortunate that I’ve never made a hire ...
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Manager focusing solely on personal career

I have a manager that is aware of my career objective to transition to her (managerial) role. In our one on one meetings she was encouraging the idea but I noticed that no real progress in any ...
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Could you help me to understand this workplace situation?

I am an accounting manager. At the end of last year, my old boss (Ben, our SVP of accounting) resigned. I now report to Matt (our head of operations), who in turn reports to Steve (our partner). When ...
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Does the “power” aspect almost always play some role in our job? [closed]

I joined a company that was full of "friends and family" of the CTO. The classic example of "nepotism". In fact, the brother of the CTO's girlfriend is the head of software testing ...
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What's the best way for me to bring up a topic of political concern if the business I work for is minority-led?

I heard a long time ago that many workplaces prohibited anyone to engage in any kind of political discussion, and that they required everyone to be politically neutral. The exceptions to these of ...
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How to handle disagreements when roots are politics [closed]

I have encountered the following situation. I am in a specific team in which the politics in various directions are very important. That was never my strong point. This includes how some of the people ...
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How to evaluate a move to a lateral position?

A colleague has been offered a lateral move. They immediately said "no" because they believe a lateral move is always a step down, in the sense that the willingness to make a lateral move ...
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Properly delimit areas of expertise

I have been the lead developer of a startup (and I was promised the CTO position) for over six months. There are 6 people in it including me (another developer, the CFO, the COO, and two marketing ...
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Should I continue to try getting promoted to team lead or quit? [closed]

Here is the context: I've been working in this tech company of ~1000 people for the last 5 years. For the last 2.5 years I've a position of "senior software engineer", where I feel I worked ...
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Company tries to retain an hard working but brash employee by treating me in an unfair way [closed]

EDIT: Because of the repeated requested by people to stay concise I am editing the question. I joined a company, a colleague of mine has been really unprofessional to me.Lot of times shouting at me. ...
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Responding to political doxxing

Today I was approached by my direct manager, warning me that the company has been approached by an unidentified person with some accusation with regards to my political preferences. No further details ...
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Should I take up with the new HR Chief? [closed]

TL;DR: I was terminated from a position which was "not important" to the company. The management was unfair and absolutely disregarded my efforts. Following "changes" which I was a ...
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How can I understand unwritten rules in office? [closed]

When you join a new company or team or group of people then there are unwritten office rules which everyone knows. But since you are new, it takes you some time to understand those.
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UK - I am regularly told at work that I cannot be a good engineer because I didn't do an apprenticeship

I went straight to university after school and got a degree in electrical and electronic engineering. I try to be a humble person and I often joke I've made a career out of knowing I don't know ...
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Actual office politics about recent politics

In my small office of 15 people, all are Trump supporters and I am a lone Biden supporter. Previously, somebody reported me to HR for an incident based on a political argument I had with somebody in ...
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How can I stop another team from taking over my projects?

I work on the new marketing platform for my company and one of the features is notification (push/sms/email.) I decided to build notification as a separate product where any systems can use it. ...
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How to avoid conflict with manager when he complains for situations beyond my remit?

I am part of a small team for a big region. Other teams, smaller or not much bigger, operate in other, smaller regions. Together, we cover "the whole world". I am working on projects focused ...
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Political bullying

I've had issues with several of my coworkers treating me differently. They are often cold to me, ignore questions that I ask at meetings, are unusually critical of my works, etc. It's always ...
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How to deal with colleagues who provide partial information?

Some of my colleagues don't share information in general. They have their own cliques, sometimes they part of "rival" teams, but some in particular will systematically retain information. ...
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Should I explain non-technical background for my code review critique?

TL;DR; Should I explain to junior developers that I'm being scrupulous during code reviews because our boss asked me to help them improve their code quality, and not just because their code sucks for ...
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How to share a valuable contact with a colleague without being cut out?

To make progress with a common project, I need to work with a colleague, a salesperson, by introducing her to a key stakeholder, a very valuable contact in my field. Based on her past behaviour, I ...
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How do I get buy-in for a project which goes beyond what my colleagues were working on?

I am part of a new team and have been working on an innovative project which brings great benefits to customers and has a big revenue pipeline behind it. The project we worked on aligns requirements ...
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What’s the most civil way to ask my dev lead to work with someone else?

I’ve been working with my manager for a while now and recently it’s become a lot more of him asking me for guidance rather than the other way around. I want to ask my dev lead for me to not have to ...
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Is it important to share the political views of the government you're working for in the US?

I am interested in working for the government in the US at the federal, state or city level. Obviously everyone has their own political views, but how important is it to share the views of the elected ...
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How to collaborate with collagues who consistently break the rules?

I work in a big, fast growing organisations. We have a lot of structure and processes and rules to follow. One of the team we work with is more or less permanently "plotting" to get ahead, ...
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How to deal with a politically biased workplace? [closed]

I know this topic has been posted before, however none of them really cover this situation. My sister works with a local community college in the US that is very liberal left-leaning politically ...
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How do I navigate an unexpectedly toxic workplace environment at a brand new job?

I recently started a new software development job after taking a 50% pay cut at my previous company due to Covid. I had interned at my current company back in college, but they were unable to match ...
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What to do when my project status update is politicize?

I think I just landed myself in a soup. I work for a company COM which has multiple engagements with a client. We have two projects running PRJ1 and PRJ2. I am part of PRJ2. My managers at PRJ2 (...
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In hyper-competitive environments, what is the limit of “expect the worst from others”? [closed]

I work in a hyper-competitive environment. My team is very collaborative and we work very well with each other. Some other teams are extremely competitive. They want control, they want ownership, etc. ...
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Coworker Keeps posting political messages in a group chat

At work, another coworker created a group (slack) chat originally to discuss work related matters for all of us in similar positions. While we all share the same type of position, this coworker is ...
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Who is my authority on a project - my own manager, or the Project Manager?

Background: I am involved in a project, which has four people: Three people from my same team Me My manager Another person who outranks me, and who reports to my manager's manager. Another person ...
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My old manager has now become my skip-level manager, how to survive?

I had a dreadful manager. I had to fight a lot, but I managed to move to a new manager. I am very happy with this person, one of the best managers I ever had. We lost a very senior manager, and my ...
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If you are very effective in a leadership position, should you still pursue “being one of many”?

In a performance review I was told that I was doing excellent job when I was in a specific setting: in charge. In situation when I was in charge of coordinating other people or leading a project, I ...
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How to collaborate with HQ peers who want to be dominant?

I work in a US company with many international offices. The division I work with sells technology for a specific sector. We have a US team and other teams from other countries. Our US colleagues keep ...
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Why are Companies Taking Stances on Unrelated Political Issues such as BLM? [closed]

A very common advice that people give out (used to give out?) is to avoid discussing politics and religion especially when in general company such as in a workplace or school environment. I've found ...
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How to manage “slogan spammers” when taking strategic decisions with long term consequences

I work in a fast growing organisation. We have a few slogans that people spam around to justify decisions. Imagine we are having a strategic meeting, we are debating whether a solution is better than ...
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Hired for one role, but upon starting I am expected to take on leadership/planning of a different team instead - is there a way to fix this?

I was in talks with a company to get hired in a devops role. They mentioned they don't have that role yet but would be interested to establish it, I would be a good candidate, since I have many years ...
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How to raise red flags when you don't have much political capital yet?

I joined a company a few weeks ago. I'm a team manager responsible for several projects managed my PMs. One of them is sponsored by very senior stakeholders at my company. The stakeholders and my ...
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Popular colleague not doing their work which blocks my friend who doesn't feel confident confronting it

To clarify, this situation isn't mine, but a friend of mine whom I'd like to help. This is what I understand of it so far. About 6 months ago my friend started a new job in a junior/mid-level ...
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Should I resign from a committee after politically motivated criticism? [closed]

I serve on the committee of a small NGO which is fairly active in our local area, after being nominated and elected to membership about a year ago. My nomination was due to work that I was doing ...
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What are the circumstances when “ignoring company politics” is actually good advice?

As they say, "politics is the exercise of power", and "power is the ability to make things happen in an organisation". I am working on a project which has some overlap and is partially in competition ...
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Newcomer proposed a new project with greater scope than what my team is doing. Management is supporting the idea. How to protect my roadmap?

My team has a product roadmap for a few specific projects. A team of newcomers pushed a new project proposal in front of senior management. They love it. This project takes some of the concepts in our ...
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How to benefit from management promoting your big project?

I work in one of those companies where any employee can suggest a project idea to management. My idea has been very successful, and it's now being pushed in front of the CEO. The thing is... even if ...
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How to deal with a selfish colleague?

I've recently joined an organization. I'm 2 years 9 months experienced Software Developer and one of my colleagues in my team joined this organization around 6 months ago. He is 3-4 years experienced. ...
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Should I ask my manager to hide/not-announce my promotion?

I work in a medium-sized (i.e. several thousands of employees) tech firm. I've been competing alongside several other talented engineers for a massive promotion to the senior-most engineering position ...
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Lack of skill in IT department putting strain on project

Our company has an initiative to do a big project that will be 250000 in sales. We have a CFT team who are working on this the only part that is holding us back is the IT department. We have spoken ...
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Feeling cheated by my organization due to incorrect details in relieving letter [closed]

Summary: I worked as Software Developer, and now found a new job. My previous job wrote relieving letter stating that I was Associate Software Developer (lower rank). I will ask manager for a correct ...
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Getting Go-ahead From Team Leader

Another team leader at the company I work for has been using a tool and has claimed to have great success with it. The team I'm working on could also use this tool but it may require some adjustments ...
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Senior vs. junior employee and office layout

I have a dilemma. In our current office arrangement two offices have opened up if I shuffle some people around. I have two employees in my department that share an office. One has worked in his role ...
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How do you politely say no to taking on work from a coworker that’s politically connected?

How do you politely say no to taking on work from a coworker that’s politically connected without jeopardizing your job? Sometimes the coworker that’s politically connected, ie to the boss, passes ...

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