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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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I can't figure out how to (whether to) report an unethical culture

EDIT: this is different from the other questions on ethics because I’ve already reported it and nothing was done. I’m now faced with the decision of how to elevate it, if it all. I'm a new employee in ...
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Successful project being taken by higher ranking VP - feel demoralized

Just the title really; Successful project being taken by higher ranking VP and I'm being asked to go back to my regular duties - I feel completely demoralized. Around Christmas, this huge gap was ...
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Executives are pressing me to take over another managers team [closed]

I am relatively new to this company I currently manage a team of cloud engineers. The manager of the managed services team left due to a dispute over team compensation. I have managed a global team of ...
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gap in resume for political reason

So, i am currently having a 2 year gap in my resume, that i can justify, but it would have me disclose political activity (those activity are not illegal, but are pretty fringe political wise) ...
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Dating in the workplace

A co-manager would like to date a subordinate's sister, what are the ethics on a Manager dating a subordinate's family member?
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"Senior" colleague wastes my time by trying to re-invent existing systems

Sorry for the long post, let me know if some parts should be shortened. I feel that some backstory is needed to understand what's happening. Quick recap: my company's development department grew from ...
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Awful High-Level Director: What Next? [closed]

I work within an engineering organization that seems to have a very weakly trained middle-management tier. My direct manager is fantastic, but they seem to be an exception in my view. Our HR polls us ...
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Using someone’s Powerpoint template for self-introduction

Recently I gave a presentation to a team, and on the first slide I used my colleague's ppt template for my introduction. Now she is accusing me of piracy. Is it wrong to use a general template design ...
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How to build reputation back

I am currently working as an intern, and was allocated to work on a big project. I was enjoying the work. We interns have to report to senior most managers as to what we are working on with mentors. I ...
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Dealing with a patronising senior engineer

I’ve recently started at a new company (5ish months) where I was brought in to help improve coding standards and development practices. Since joining it’s been very clear that my team is the singular ...
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How to deal with Hostile Work Environment after attending Employee Workshop

I recently started a job at a medium-large corporate HQ. I don't think the job or industry are relevant as this is more about the confusion I have with workplace politics. The job is in the USA and I ...
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How to deal with 'privileged' teammates always pushing unwanted work to me? [closed]

How to deal with 'privileged' teammates always pushing unwanted work to me? What I find is most of the time my teammates treat me as junior deliberately despite my being in experience terms more "...
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Am I doing anything wrong by getting a greeting card for an employee who is leaving?

An employee gave her two weeks notice. This employee had worked for the company for 4 years then left the company. Then came back to the company after 6 months into a new position. Now one year later, ...
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How to advertise my work to N+3 when N+1 and N+2 are the ones blocking my career?

I've an N+1 and N+2 who are more a sale for all the projects I've done. They take advantage the fact I'm a shy engineer/scientist that they advocate my projects. But the fact is I've never have a ...
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How to network with senior managers within the company?

First thing first. If you google this question, very likely you would result in bunch of hollow advice like, 'just be yourself, they are also human beings'. Or something like, 'they are more than ...
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Does working for an extremely republican company affect my future job prospects? [closed]

I would like to ask for an honest opinion. Does it matter if you work for a very republican company and then if you want to change the company does that affect on the resume for future job ...
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Is it appropriate to voice concerns over the Qatar world cup when colleague asks people to join betting pool?

A couple of days ago, a colleague sent an email to the whole staff asking if anyone would be interested in joining their (very low key) betting pool for the World Cup (Football/Soccer) that is taking ...
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engineer dilemma: when my line manager is not the product manager

I'm kind of the only software guy in the team which has been working quite independently. Only my boss's boss has some good understanding of what I'm doing and he is the only one in the team I feel ...
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Constant, juvenile conflicts with colleague after promotion turmoil

I am Software Architect at my current company. I was offered the role of team manager when my manager (who I’ll call Bill) was promoted 6 months ago. I told Bill that I would probably provide greater ...
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Negotiating the location of an internal job offer

I have recently been contacted by a department of my own company from a different geographic region to enquire about whether I'd be interested in filling a position that had opened up in country X. It ...
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How to deal with co-worker attacking me to hide incompetence?

After some downsizing at my workplace, I was assigned to work alongside a co-worker on some year-long projects. In past interactions, I knew she was struggling at the job, and she seemed honest about ...
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Office Politics and Centralized Control

Here is the situation, I am (by my own admission) a bit of a Trouble Maker. Not in the 'The Police have been called' sense, but in the 'Hey, this system has a problem and we should fix it and make it ...
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How do I safely decline a political/controversial promotion as a woman?

I've worked with my current employer, a large tech company, for 3 years now. The job is good in general, pays well, etc. My division (about 15% of the company) started a new program to encourage women ...
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Will my Russian developer background be a red flag for European companies? [closed]

I am originally from Kazakhstan, I have a Kazakhstan passport and citizenship. But I received my bachelors degree in computer science in Russia, I also worked for 4.5 years for Russian companies, ...
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Anti-handwashing in the office [closed]

COVID finally appears to be winding down, so I was hopeful that all of the political drama at our office would die down. Unfortunately, there is a new issue that has come up. The group that was very ...
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How can I persuade my non-technical boss to stop interfering with IT systems?

I am the IT manager for my employer, a small office of about 15 people. My boss is not proficient with networking, websites, or anything technical past skimming an article or something his "...
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How to politely state moral objection

I am currently starting to look for my first job, and thanks to my soon to come degree, I have quite a lot of people knocking at my door. For political reasons, I refuse to entertain any possibility ...
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Coworkers assume I have certain political positions

Unfortunately, I share the first name of Vladimir, same name as Russian president, who is very disliked at the moment. Even though I 100% support Ukraine (like just everybody else) during this ...
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How to deal with politically entrenched entities that degrade quality of life?

Details are left intentionally vague. I am writing this as a closely involved party to the situation, but I haven't been on the front lines of the political war, so to speak. All employees mentioned, ...
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Potential candidate posts a lot about politics on LinkedIn

I'm in a situation where we are trying to staff a project for a relatively junior role that was vacated earlier this year. It's an engineering role with certain skills requirements. The potential ...
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What's a synonym for the "top cover" provided by one's manager?

There's a military slang term, "providing top cover": combat airplanes flying at high altitude to protect from air attack a military force especially of other airplanes flying at a lower ...
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Corporate - ensure I receive credit for my idea

So, I had this great idea that ensures our company ( a large financial services company) does the right thing, promotes its own product and appears in the market to be ahead of its direct competition. ...
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Next career steps after delivering major success?

I'm an experienced IT professional working in various roles in the industry. About 2 years ago I was hired by Bigcorp in a specific role, head of Devops for one of their products. In this role, I took ...
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How can I constructively correct long-standing misinformation about me within my organisation?

I'm an experienced software engineer in a large company, where I've worked for about 8 years. My career aspiration has been to become an architect for quite some time, it's something I've pursued ...
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What to do when your successful project is taken away by another team?

I have been driving an international strategic initiative for more than 2 years. There was a lot of resistance initially, but I managed to align a few teams, create an MVP and a customer base. A team ...
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How to ask for sick leave/day off at new job to tend my mentally ill mother

I work at this great company since May. I am still a new guy there, but despite that the bunch is just super cool. Unfortunately yesterday my fears were kind of validated, my mother who has affective ...
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How not to get fired within 6 months? [closed]

In my only job after graduating I lost my job within 6 months of getting hired. These are the reasons my manager gave for my dismissal: Team mates complained about me asking too many questions, ...
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Contract changed without permission

Before I state my question I would like to say that I'm not requesting legal advice. I've already reached out to a law firm regarding possible legal options. I work through a contract agency as a ...
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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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