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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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 ...
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New IT Boss and his new support suborbdinate want to replace large (300 server) Open Source-based back office with Proprietary [closed]

tl/dr, Summary of the the situation: There are reports of major, sweeping platform changes being discussed by my direct manager and his report on the Tech Support team. My team have not been directly ...
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Is it polite to tell team members/leaders I've applied for a higher position within the team?

For some background, my team lost a member earlier this year, and so was folded into an existing team that does the same thing. My old team leader is still officially my boss and the other team still ...
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First one-to-one with new boss: should I present my CV?

Our new Head of Department started two weeks ago. He is organising one-to-one meetings with everyone to get to know us and figure out how the department currently operates. So far so good. I have my ...
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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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How to get a raise that's been denied because of sick leave?

I am on an incredibly low salary for my skills and my Managing Director (MD), who I report to directly, has not seen fit to give me a pay rise in the last 4 years I have worked there due to my amount ...
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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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Reporting low worker utilization

A little background: I work for a large corporation and was tasked to perform a process improvement study on an often overlooked department. This department gets little attention and performs mostly ...
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Being a “tattletale” at work [closed]

I feel like there is a very strong culture of everyone telling on everyone else in the workplace, especially in places that practice frequent one on ones. Is it just me, or is this a rotten practice ...
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Manager asking me to tell on others [closed]

Recently some new people started in my department and several have been unprofessional to the extent of openly discussing their salaries with anybody with whom they are working. Because they are (so I'...
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What is the best course of action when a fellow Developer 'torpedoes' you?

The situation is that I inherited a large peice of code in the form an SQL Procedure which had complicated business logic and rules. Mind you this code is very dense and with exactly 0 comments. My ...
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How can we minimize potential problems caused by employee's personal beliefs?

We are currently in the final stages of a public project and have just discovered that one of our employees has produced other work that supports a controversial public figure. Furthermore, as the ...
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How can I deal with a coworker always trying to put me in a bad light?

In the past few weeks I have witnessed a bad behavior from a coworker of mine. He is a Mid-Junior developer and I'm a senior developer. I will try to give you some examples, being as unbiased as ...
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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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My boss frequently calls me aside for long private conversations about office politics. I'm unsure how to react

My boss often calls me aside for long private conversations, usually outside the building or over the phone, where he lets me in on higher level discussions and "drama" taking place between him and ...
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Workplace politics - how to deal? [closed]

I work for a pretty well known (at least in the US) e-commerce website, where I've been for almost a year and a half. Granted, I'm not performing as well as I should be (more details below), but I ...
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Selling an outside product to the new company I work for

So I'm an intern out of college in a tech company that sells a main software product B2B and does consulting as in support and specific development of that product according to customer's needs. The ...
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How to deal with a coworker writing condescending emails? [closed]

I have a coworker that I have to correspond with once or twice a week for a particular task. In person, they are relatively normal and cheerful, both in and out of a professional context, and we get ...
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Are internships with political organizations typically listed on a resume?

I am currently a junior in college, and will soon be starting my last internship of my college career. I am studying computer science and the internship is related to my field of study and interests. ...
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Our company is exposing the public to a health risk and my boss doesn't want to deal with it [closed]

I am partly responsible for the maintenance of some arcade machines. My official title is "Arcade Attendant", but I can act as a technician. These arcade machines are in an extremely high traffic area....
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Graduate stuck in a dead project and manager refuses internal transfer [closed]

I am in an IT graduate program in Western Europe for a big company where I am supposed to rotate only once a year. I am working there for four months but stuck in a rotation with nearly no work for ...
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How do I go from “less than zero” to “hero” with a potential hiring manager? [closed]

WARNING: This is definitely a long message - everything I included is relevant so please don't flame/attack me if you think it's too detailed. EDIT (4/29) None of the answers to this point are ...
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Dealing with senior bullying [closed]

I have recently joined a renowned firm as a consultant. I had high expectations and the salary was also good. But from the first day itself I was treated differently. After few days I became friend of ...
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Workplace conficts - try to resolve or resign? [closed]

I have been facing few critical issues at my workplace just within three months of joining. The work environment has been so stressful and negative in both personal and professional aspects. I've ...
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How can I avoid the negatives of “never eat alone”, when I do not have lunch at all?

This answer advises to "never eat alone" at the workplace if you want to go ahead in your career. That sounds like good advice, but a major problem I have with following that is I do not have lunch at ...
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Junior Developer doing well but management wants to fire him

I am a technical lead in a medium-sized company managing a team of just over 50 developers. We have many senior and mid-level developers and a few juniors. One of our junior developers has been ...
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What to do when most work can be automated, and no-one can give me more work? [duplicate]

Around 2 years ago I started a role that had previously been done by the same employee for 10 years. The company was sad to see the employee retire, but happy he could pass his knowledge to me, as the ...
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How much time should one spend doing politics? [closed]

I was told that politics are expected in any and all companies. I am willing to partake in politics, but I don't know what's the scope of this activity, for the sake of getting promoted and having a ...