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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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How to counter “I don't like your tone” in a work conversation?

Situation: there is a discussion in the office about making a decision. You make a valid argument based on facts, and the other person, usually a manager, replies with: "I don't like your tone" or "I ...
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Lost motivation upon leaving

About to leave, and have now lost motivation to go above and beyond at my current firm, rather just focusing on my core duties and that's it. One of the main reasons why I have decided to leave is ...
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Working with people that have different views in geopolitics

Our company outsources a lot of ODM and some OEM design with companies in China (and sometimes Taiwan). The views of China's recognition of Taiwan as a sovereign state is different than many Western ...
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Feels like I am getting dragged into office politics

My technical manager and a Business Development person from my office have differences. They have complained about each other to the senior management. They are indulging in office politics and aiming ...
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How to handle a senior developer diva who seems unaware that his skills are obsolete?

I am an IT productivity consultant brought in to a small software development company (twenty employees). The problem is a senior developer on a team of five developers who work on the leading product ...
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How do I deal with a coworker that won't assist me when he's supposed to?

I've worked at a company for about a year and most of the stuff I support is custom. At this point in time I'm pretty comfortable supporting most of our software to external customers. However, ...
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What is the difference between constructive criticism and meddling?

I work for a fintech startup. The programmers in the team are split between "the engineering team" that implements business logic and "the data science team" that implements algorithms to make ...
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How can I resolve small issues with my employer without making it an ultimatum?

Before everyone comments "just find a new job lol" I'll say that I did just that over a small immovable issue and I'm still having this problem at my new job, so that's not a solution in my book. ...
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How to deal with a manager who lies and hides information? [closed]

I work for a very large company in USA. Some of us are allowed to work remotely sometimes or always. A few months after starting my job, I saw evidence that my manager praised me in front of me, but ...
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Colleagues feeling insecure when I do my work [closed]

I am a person who wants to learn and grow by doing challenging tasks that are assigned to me. Whenever I do some challenging work which helps the organization, a few of my colleagues feel insecure and ...
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team in charge of product X not able to deliver something I already created

During october/november, I developped for the team I was working with a tool to achieve functionality "X" in a specific language. As far as I know this tool is re-usable by other teams and feature-...
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How to handle high performing software developers undermining a senior lead?

We have a situation in our IT services company. We have a capable lead Alice and a couple of high performing developers Bob and Chris. Bob and Chris are with the company for about three years now (...
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My boss brings up politics frequently. How can I avoid it?

As I wrote in the title, my boss brings up politics a lot in the workplace. I won't bring up my individual politics, but let's just say we differ significantly. Frequently he'll mention politics that ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 can I do to make a coworker's 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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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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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 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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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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Pointing out a perceived flaw in a product when your job security is thin

So I found a flaw in a product my employer sells. My position in the company is such that they allow me to work on projects, but if I want to keep enjoying the good will I've managed to instill in my ...
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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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When is work place politics a good thing? [closed]

I’ve heard office politics could be a good thing, for example those who unofficially gain more power have a trait about them which naturally makes them good leaders or suited for the job they now have....
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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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Recovering from bad career decisions

In my field I hold professional credentials that only a handful of others in the world hold. Those credentials are in high demand. In the late 1990s, I joined a large company and stayed with them ...
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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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. ...