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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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Executive assistant from sister company used my office on my day off - should I be concerned?

We share office space with another company owned by my direct supervisor (yes, very confusing). I had a day off on Friday and in my absence my co-worker allowed the executive assistant of the other ...
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How to handle senior member of my organization who seems to think I'm not very smart after conversations at team lunches

Background: I am a junior developer at a large software company. The person in question is a senior PM who reports to my skip-level manager (my manager's manager). My manager has worked with the ...
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Handling informal skip-level meetings

Some background - although our company is large, it has a fairly informal culture. We sit in an open-plan office, there is lots of open, back-and-forth discussion, and the company prides itself on ...
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Hiring Referral of incompetent employee

I'm heading a data team and we are hiring embedded analysts. As a last step, the analysts get interviewed by the head of the team they would be helping. The head of one of the teams is incompetent at ...
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How to deal with a politically opinionated coworker

I'm looking for guidance on an issue that's been dividing my team, which is composed of 24 techie 20-somethings, in a very laissez-faire office with various inclinations all over the political and ...
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How to deal with getting credit for something you didn't do?

So I'm working on a project, and was told to work with a partner for a specific part of it. Basically, I supplied the data/explained the project and then my Partner did the remaining work as it's ...
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Managers resisting against your promotion: fight it, or exit? [closed]

I think I am ready to take on more responsibilities, and I don't think I need the people or project management skills to do so. However, some managers just don't think I should be promoted. I could ...
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What to do when the entire team turns against you? [closed]

I had a great relationship with my team in the past .... There is one person who's been with the company nearly 20 years. He's survived it all! Not because he is a brilliant professional, but because ...
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How to get credit or recognition for my work? [duplicate]

I am working on a software development project with a coworker who is senior to me in rank and age. This coworker has a life long disability and he regularly uses medication which often makes him ...
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Wheaton's law rewritten as a company policy / company value [closed]

Wheaton's law: "Don't be a dick", we feel would be a excellent company policy or company value. But for obvious reasons we can not use that verbatim. What would be a more work appropriate way of ...
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Boss setting expectations that subordinates can't meet

My grand boss has communicated out an unrealistic expectation to the board that we are unable to meet. My subordinate has complained to the board about my grand bosses conduct but won't elaborate to ...
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What should I do with my seemingly irresponsible colleague? [closed]

Some background first: I am in a East-Asia-based company. I am not a foreigner so basically there is no cultural gaps in this case. It's kind of stereotype to say this but I do think I have to ...
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Juniors backstabbed me [closed]

Currently in my new office, there are two juniors under me that both have 1 year of experience. In all my career of 4+ years, I have always helped my juniors. In the case of these two juniors, I have ...
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How do I unfriend a co-worker?

TL;DR; I want to unfriend coworker for her overly attached behavior, but she is also a QA of some of the projects that I develop. I was dragged into a group of 4 girls at work without me trying to ...
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Politics and promotion after angering now-retiring senior employee [closed]

TL;DR My superiors told me I'm the best candidate for a promotion, but someone else is being officially considered with higher favor due to me offending the person who is resigning (and opening up ...
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Customer told me to stay out of discussion regarding status of my delivered product

I'm an independent contractor for company X. There was a certain ambiguity over whether a final product had to contain feature A. I produced them containing feature A. I liaise with person 1 and 2 in ...
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Colleague secretly singled out from meeting

I (external contractor) was invited to an on-site meeting with our project customer and discussed with a senior colleague about their participation, learning they haven't yet been invited. When I ...
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How to become more resilient to gossip about you in a corporate setting? [duplicate]

I've worked in different environments and industries at different ages and seems that whenever there is too much gossip going on in the office I want to quit ASAP. I qualify this sort of environment ...
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How to push back on being assigned brainless tasks in a development team

What is a neutral and professional way to push back against being assigned by senior team members to do brainless tasks in a development team? I don't dislike my team, but I am worried about not being ...
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How do I handle rumors about myself that I started? [duplicate]

So more than two years ago I revealed a vulnerable detail(something I thought I had done wrong) about how I got hired, to one or two people. One of those who heard my 'story' were doubtful that ...
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How to tell colleague nicely that it is not fine to make jokes about my team mates?

I'm a team leader for a group of people including trainees. Recently, I had a chat with a colleague from another department and he made some jokes about the trainee from my team. The joke is not that ...
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How to handle a political situation on a call with lots of management people who can get easily confused?

I recently was on a call where we deployed one of IT projects to production with about 30 people (many from top management) and our technical support team. There was one person from the support team ...
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How to deal with colleague with distractingly bad body odor? [duplicate]

Question is pretty self explanatory. I have a colleague with whom I work closely with and enjoy the company of, however he has recently started exercising and comes to the office smelling quite poorly....
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How can I convince my manager that we need to reduce technical debt? [closed]

I work as a developer on a 15-year-old software product, which has been continuously under development for all that time. The code base is enormous. We have over 500mb of code, which I suspect is ...
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Should I inform Project Manager I have a specialized degree?

I was hired eight months ago to supervise a particular specialty at a remote site. I have a graduate degree in this field and ten years’ related experience. The day-to-day job on my site does not ...
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Starting new role, another manager wants to control part of my role [closed]

I am starting a new role, where I will cover multiple functions. Another manager just got promoted (just after three months, they might have had plans since his hiring) and changed his title to add ...
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How can I deal with the blame-game played by my colleague in office?

My colleague (call him Bob) and I are Software Developers with experience of 1 year. Our CTO considers me to be more intelligent than him. For the last few months both of us have been working on the ...
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Making yourself indispensable: is entrenchment a required step to climb up to Senior Management? [closed]

I worked in several startups, and in my last job we hired some new managers who quickly started replacing the old staff. They are also replacing experienced staff with former reports from their ...
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How to prevent new senior management from destroying a startup?

I work in a very successful software startup. Our business relationships have always been handled by technical staff, and we have built a reputation for this. A year ago we reached the point where we ...
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What is the professional way of dealing with “starve the beast” approach?

I am part of a remote team. The person I support is not exactly popular, and the central office is trying to hire somebody loyal to them. As part of the change, our work is being effectively sabotaged:...
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How do I deal with the political promotional items in the workplace?

I have been looking for similar questions on the exchange but I haven't found anything. Although, I have come across discussions on avoiding discussing political issues. A colleague of mine has ...
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What is the rationale for companies to encourag long hours? [closed]

I’m trying to understand my employer better, so let me explain: As a knowledge worker (software developer to be specific) I noticed that after 6 hours of work diminishing returns start to kick in. ...
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Owner firing staff due to their politics: how to salvage the situation? [closed]

So I work for a small financial technology business in the UK, not quite startup size but close. We have a dozen staff on site and usually 5-10 remote contractors working for us. There isn't really a ...
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How to handle other team members given credit for my work outside the team?

Context I've been working at this tech company for about 4 years as a software engineer and recently (~6 months ago) I transferred to a new team and have a new manager. My new team is responsible ...
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How to talk to management about 'genius' code?

EDIT: Thanks everyone for the great advice, comments, and feedback. As it turns out, no one was the “bad guy” in this situation. The advice I received here helped me to get back in contact with the ...
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Should I accept a major project from the CEO while other managers want me to “surrender”? [closed]

I am a customer-facing programmer who is growing in a commercial direction. In the last 34 months I have been very successful at bringing opportunities to the company, often doing the job of the only ...
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Manager trying to drag team into office politics

I am not a new employee in the company and I am part of a kind of a newly formed team with a newly promoted manager. The team overall is not performing well and she is the main reason (and some team ...
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Coworker upset because tasks he was reluctant to do are assigned to me

I work in a laboratory, which is poorly publicized. People comment that our brand is unclear, mission is vague, webpages are confusing, and business model is hard to discern. Some employees of the ...
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Should I offer a Job in another company to my current colleague who is leaving? [closed]

Recently, there was a fallout between my manager and one of my colleagues. The circumstances regarding the fallout was childish and based on non-work related stuff. After some exchanges between these ...
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Put on the spot by an administrator about a political opinion [closed]

I am a graduate student at a major public state university in the US. Yesterday, I was visiting my department's main office and when I entered the doorway, a department administrator [L] and ...
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How do I deal with someone who forces us to miss deadlines? [closed]

One of my major responsibilities is creating a bi-monthly newsletter. I have to work with a copy editor who is holding onto projects for weeks and pushing us further behind on our deadline. I can't ...
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How to request project reassignment when handpicked for current position?

I am a software developer at my company. I have worked for 3 projects and have had success. As a consequence, my skills and leadership acumen have been inflated and passed up the chain of command. I ...
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Close collaborator stalling progress for territory, how to help company understand?

I am the only employee of my US company for my territory. My only collaborator is a consultant salesperson. I do not report to him, it's only support as needed. He spends a lot of time with a few ...
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Product manager tries to take over the R&D

I am a software development team leader in a mid-size startup company (about 80 people). My direct manager is the VP R&D of the company. He basically hired me and I report to him on the progress ...
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How to deal with manager's request of “just staying longer” for work hours record?

My manager wanted me to stay longer in office because upper management was not satisfied with my working hours. He and other managers said that I was productive as a software engineer, but he failed ...
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Is it reasonable for me to complain about an objectionable newspaper being ordered for the office?

Our office has had newspapers delivered for some years. I don't recall the staff were ever consulted on what newspapers they wanted, but staff read them during lunch or coffee breaks. Recently the ...
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How to handle a senior developer taking credit for my work?

I recently finished around year and half at my first position as a software developer out of college. When I started, I was assigned a co-worker who would act a mentor as I learned to code in the ...
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How to avoid senior management taking over my projects? [closed]

When one of my projects (business relationships) becomes interesting or profitable, senior management starts getting involved and I lose track of what I started. Now my own territory is growing ...
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How do I learn and grow my skillset if there is concern that I will step into a coworker's responsibilities?

I've taken the cognition to do some research: How to deal with a coworker that writes software to give him job security instead of solving problems? How to handle a manager who thinks I will leave ...
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Notifying a co worker about an internal job opening you're both qualified for [closed]

I have a co worker I work pretty closely with, we have some overlapping job functions but it has some of the same base qualifications that we cover for the business. About two years ago, a job opened ...