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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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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Interview question: Why did you leave your previous role? [duplicate]

I am currently in the job market for a leadership role, and could use some advice on how to answer this question objectively. My previous position was in many ways a dream job. The company was having ...
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Does empirical research indicate that salary discussions between coworkers cause problems?

A previous question asked whether or not discussion of salaries should be encouraged. I have a different question, which asks for meaningful research on the subject of whether or not salary ...
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Handling Credit-takers [closed]

How should I handle colleagues, especially seniors/superiors, who generally do not contribute much towards a project, but jump in from nowhere at the correct time to take credit?
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How can I suggest a list of improvements to my leaders/team without offending them?

I have noted down a list of ways I think we can drastically improve our efficency. Mainly relating to an inefficient attempts at using an Agile methodology. I have some big improvements to suggest in ...
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How to backseat project manage when meetings are poorly/not facilitated?

Meetings without agendas which are poorly facilitated do NOT fall into the category of beneficial meetings. Unfortunately, a lot of PMs or managers do not have the expertise or skill leading ...
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How to advocate a different approach to a project when office politics are involved in the decisions?

My group has found itself in the position of being forced to implement software projects in a technology that has proven to be a poor fit for the kind of work that we are being asked to do. Due to ...
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How to deal with a manager who suppresses your ideas and suggestions and uses them for their personal benefit?

Recently my friend, a software developer, got into the following situation while working at a giant software consultancy. He had a few suggestions about improving a software development process which ...
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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 handle an insubordinate employee faction when I can't replace them?

At my workplace we have a small faction of insubordinate employees who think they can do whatever the like and do not allow new hires in the same department to integrate into the team. The tension has ...
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How to get a peer to stop giving me orders

A colleague often instructs me to do work for them. While the instruction is precise, I feel it is not at all my responsibility. For example, he has asked me to print a document that is hundreds of ...
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Uncomfortable race comments in workplace

I work in a small office. We've had the same cleaning lady for a number of years now, and when she comes once a week to dust/clean my office I'll chat with her. Recently she's made a few comments ...
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What does “politics” mean in a corporate environment?

I have a contract with my current employer for over than one year now and might soon become a regular, as my boss told me. My boss explained to me that I should be prepared on many things when I am ...
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How do I avoid discussing government politics at work? [closed]

The U.S.A. just witnessed its first debate of the 2012 presidential election. Invariably, workers all over the country will be eager to discuss what they saw on television. But this begs a larger ...
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Should I tell my employer that I am running for a political office? [closed]

I am member of a political party, and I will be a candidate for a community-level political office which will be elected this year. Should I tell my employer? Some background information: The fact ...
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How should we handle 'Jak' who takes credit for others' work and ideas? [closed]

PM rejects ideas then brings them back later as his own The situation is me and my colleague, say 'Jak', report to the same manager, 'Dom', but 'Jak' has the title of project manager. I am more into ...
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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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Working with a Difficult Coworker and an Unhelpful Boss

Boss 50s (in job ~1 year) female Coworker 30s (in job few months, but prior experience here and elsewhere) male Me (coworkers assistant <1 year) female My Boss has asked me to review my ...
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Is there a way to NOT participate in office politics and still be successful?

The question pretty much speaks for itself. I am a hard worker, very productive, and usually the one everyone turns to when they have a problem. However, I work in a privately owned company, and ...
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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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My colleague is sabotaging my reputation so the friend I replaced can be hired back

I work as a remote technology specialist for a US based company. My colleague is a senior salesperson with 20 more years of experience. I replaced a friend of hers who used to work for the same ...
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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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How to communicate disagreement or concern about management's decision to promote someone?

I have heard and read that promotions, especially after the first level of management, are not based on merit, performance or expertise, but rather on being aligned with senior management, being more ...
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What to do when you've been thrown under the bus at the office? [closed]

Recently, I was the technical architect for a well-intentioned project at work. Though the project was not well conceived, it was making slow progress toward its goal. I walked into a meeting with ...
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How to deal with team member openly discrediting me across the company?

There are one or two similar questions here, I am sure, but I feel my situation might be quite specific in that I have no disciplinary authority over this person, yet I manage him. The other ...
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What should I answer on questions about other employees?

CEO of my company invited me to lunch and asked me about the company (good & bad), other employees (who is good, who is bad, who should be kept, who should be gone), & even who hate her. I ...
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How do companies with “self-managed” employees make HR decisions?

I recently read about Morning Star Tomato. According to this video, their employees are entirely self-managed and contribute to the company in whatever way they see fit. Decisions like equipment ...
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Should I tell my manager if I think a coworker could be setting me up to get fired?

I was recently asked to update some test results and found the documents which were basis for those tests removed from our production system (but luckily still tucked away in a test system which ...
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To approach coworker “attempting to help” personally, or contact my manager and get them to clarify?

I currently work in a small office with several people most of whom are not in the same department as I am. One of whom have been with the business for quite a while and act as a mouthpiece for my ...
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How to get rid of an incompetent manager? [closed]

My company has many good managers, with deep technical and social skillsets. However, a few Technically Incompetent Managers (TIMs) are managing to elbow their way up without contributing anything on ...
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Interviewed for an internal promotion but manager already knew who he was giving it to [closed]

I have been with my company 15 years, have received many awards and certifications in our field. I also began doing management training and filling in for previous managers in their time off. A new ...
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Being singled out for pay deductions

I work as an online developer for a UK distribution company, and am paid a salary monthly. A few weeks ago I noticed that I was deducted 2.5 hours of pay after being late in to work due to a fatal ...
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Requesting Cubicle Change due to Noisy Coworkers

Backstory: For the past 2+ years, I've been with the same company. They brought me through college, and essentially trained me. My time with them began with a summer internship. During my time ...
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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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Boss doesn't keep me informed [closed]

I work in a department's IT group, but not in the IT department. Our department is large enough to need it's own IT staff at about 250 departmental people with 10 IT people in our group. In the ...
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Can my boss/upper management fire me because of speak publicly outside of work about politics? [closed]

It so happened that my boss walked by while I was talking politics with a friend, totally after hours and not at work nor near it. Usually I never speak at work to anyone about my political/religious ...
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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 ...