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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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 ...
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Career development as remote employee? [duplicate]

I am doing remote account management for a US based company. I do a little bit of everything, including presales and support. Right now the company is getting more structured, hiring a crapload of ...
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How do I learn workplace politics? [closed]

I am just a recent undergrad. You know, young and naive. There are many different kinds of politics going on in my workplace. I am really feeling tired and uncomfortable. I am wondering what can I do ...
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How to deal with a senior developer that might not be beneficial to the quality of our project?

I've been working at my current company for over 2 years now and I thoroughly enjoy working on the current project that I work on. Our project manager on the customer's side is awesome, the customers ...
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Colleague wants to perform my position [closed]

I am tech lead of my team. Another developer on my team has been taking actions that are putting me in an uncomfortable situation. He is around 20 years older than me, and naturally carries more ...
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Dealing with a boss forcing irrational action responses

Being a programmer, I have had my boss for close to 6 years, and so far I have managed to keep a distance from him during the time we've worked together. I deal with him whenever there is need to like ...
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My current department head is slowing my career progression, how to approach moving forward?

Using a throwaway account for anonymity. I started working for a software consulting firm in an entry level development position two years ago. This position is advertised as a 2-4 year stop along ...
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Salary tied a project's success, not to my performance, skill, or responsibilities?

I recently attempted to initiate a salary discussion with my immediate boss (Director of IT); however, he said that now was "not a good time" because the project I'm on is "having issues" and we need ...
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How to quietly make sure a co-worker avoids a lunch topic, just once

I work in tech in an urban area where my close co-workers are outspokenly and vehemently liberal, and our lunch conversations generally include some sort of trump bash during some portion of the ...
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How and to whom to provide feedback on immediate management?

I came on board five months ago. One of the agreements upon my onboarding is that I would implement continuous integration for the team. I have devised a demonstrable prototype of continuous ...
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How can I prove mental harassment due to mind games and too much manipulation? [closed]

I am working in a Startup Company of 10 members. While working for the last 2 years, I observed that my manager and some of teammates are doing lots of manipulation and mind games get a lot of ...
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How do I promote better development practices when facing management opposition?

I've struggled to think of an appropriate way to phrase the question, so forgive the ambiguity of my title, but here's my problem: I work in a department run by people without varied experience. Some ...
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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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Asking questions as they arise

I've been in situations before when I ask a question to management, and been told; they had asked at an earlier time if I had any questions, and I said no. How can these situations be avoided or ...
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Is it impolite to show interest in how co-workers perform their job?

I'm new to the corporate world and workplace. I am wondering if the following things are considered not polite to do as an intern: Ask about how a co-worker or supervisor does their job. Give lengthy ...
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Someone peeled an American flag sticker off of my truck. What do I do?

I started a new job recently and I noticed one day that my American flag sticker had been removed from my truck's window. I am heavily suspicious that it may have occurred while I was at work, and ...
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Asked to work on project that nobody wants to work on [closed]

There are 2 teams. Team A: One working on JSF, Hibernate, EJB stuff. And Team B: working on IOT, Cassandra, kafka etc. I am member of team B. But I have also had to help out team A. Offcourse ...
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How to explain termination because of internal politics to interviewer? [duplicate]

My ex-colleague was terminated because of the internal politics in our company. Is it a bad reputation for him to be terminated because of internal politics? How to explain to his future interviewer? ...
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How do I leave a Multi-national Corporation (MNC)? [closed]

I am trying to leave an MNC because the project that I am working on is pretty much useless and I am not gaining any knowledge and other teams do not provide necessary support and also the pay is ...
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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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Working in IT in an organisation that dishes propaganda negative to you [closed]

I recently got prospects of an offer from an organization in the media fraternity. The offer will sound good when it's finally made. However the organization has for years been exploited for defending ...
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More work getting assigned, lot of criticism and bully - signifies what [closed]

I am working as a lead in software company. I have been given 2-3 projects to manage simultaneously. I have been spending more than 12 hours in a day. In short lot of work one after the another. But ...
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Is it ethical for a manager and a subordinate to blame each other before a client?

We were in a meeting room with the client, when my Technical Manager blamed me. I quickly blamed him instead since it was actually his own fault. Is it ethical to do this in the workplace?
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How much time do you spend networking with colleagues vs actually getting work done? [closed]

I just joined my first industry job, around 8 months back, after my PhD. I have a very busy schedule at my work, and try to be as efficient as possible. On top of that I go to networking events, have ...
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How to request flex time for controversial events?

My current workplace has a policy where we are allowed to have a lot of flex time, we generally just have to ask the boss/check with project managers if we want to leave early and then make the time ...
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How to get better at office politics? [closed]

I'm a an employee in the UK with almost 3 years experience in the software sector. I think I'm pretty naive at office politics and at building certain type of office relationship. I believe there ...
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how to prepare a negotiation with my boss as I want a lateral movement

I started in my current job 6 years ago. First as software developer then I changed to part time system administrator and time later I became FTE system administrator. In total, as of lately, I spent ...
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Why this is so important be proactive besides reactive [closed]

I pass some places where my bosses said I'm just reactive, in other words, I want some inputs before make something. But I think they don't understand some facts about me: I'm a quiet reserved person....
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How long should I wait after a staffing promise is made before sending follow up?

Fifteen months ago I wrote to my supervisor asking for a promotion that included requests for: A title change A 15% salary adjustment Paid PMP training A new staff member to absorb my existing ...
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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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Maintaining a paper trail after leaving a company

Over the course of my two years with my current employer, I've collected a small but not insignificant amount of company data on my personal machine(s). Most of these are in the form of old config ...
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How to adjust yourself where your colleagues are not understanding to you?

I work in a company where electronic circuit parts are manufactured and assembled. I am in the assembly department. We are team of 15 junior and 2 seniors. I have newly joined and working as junior ...
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How not to get sucked into a game of 3 managers? [closed]

I got into a tricky situation at the office. First, let me explain the people's chain: Me -> Manager A (my direct almost-ex-boss) -> Manager B (my manager's manager) -> Manager C (boss of the other ...
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How to clue in a colleague to act more “politically intelligent”?

One of my Colleagues, recently promoted to a team leader position has been putting management's nose out of joint recently by querying silly things. First off, she queried the company policy re: ...
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My job duties has become a political football for powerful factions in the workplace, how do I navigate this?

My department has a central support role (systems and IT) in the organization. My supervisor wants to discredit another department head. That department head wants to discredit my boss. They both use ...
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How to evade work-safe topics when I don't have a culture-safe opinion? [closed]

Politics is moving further and further away from work safe, but sadly, it still comes up every now and then. In my workplace, a few very vocal people are in support of a certain presidential-...
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Appropriate response to praise from C levels that balances political capital without raising false expectation

I joined a company about 6 months ago where they had specifically created a new position for me based on my skills (technical software). I was hired to resurrect a moribund project (decade old) and to ...
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Mention desire for career change to boss?

I'm considering a total shift in my career from IT to non-profit management. I've informed my boss that I'm want to go graduate school and to do this I'd like to go from full-time to part-time in the ...
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Hints that a project is setup to fail [closed]

Company context Company A, which I work for, has decided to outsource some of its operations to companies B, C, and D. These are currently run by mixed teams of ~ 50% employees of A and 50% onsite ...
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How to deal with incompetent lead?

Alright, so we are a two people team directly reporting to our director. I have 4-5 years of experience and my teammate has 20+ years of experience. For obvious reasons he is my lead. We both are ...
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Career Advice: Should I leave my current team or wait for promotion? [closed]

I have been working for this company for about 11 months now. Everything is going well, however feel undervalued with regards to my salary. About 4 months ago I was passed up for a position with a ...
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How can I manage different expectations from different personnel in different positions?

It's 7 months I am working in this company and I never had this kind of problem in my life. I am a web developer / software developer. Recently I started programming in C and C++ on an embedded ...
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How to overcome “young and inexperienced” reputation?

I work (8 months) at a smallish healthcare company, as a SQL Data Analyst, that is transitioning to a technology/product model. We have around 80 people and 10 in my department. The issue I'm facing ...
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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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Getting along with a possibly passive-aggressive coworker because of different political beliefs [closed]

I'm just about to celebrate my first month in a new job in an IT startup. I love my new office, and I love my new job. And lately I think I'm getting along with my new office mates. There's this sweet ...