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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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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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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