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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 mitigate the possible political risks/hazards after fighting professionally with the Director of another department? [closed]

I am working as a contractor and a dev team lead for a US-based organization. One of the project that we are developing is a highly visible project. Hence many other departments have daily meetings ...
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Progress blockage due to political tensions

I am close to issuing an internal compliance report on the internal processes at the company where I work as part of a quality review. During testing, some process weaknesses were found for which I ...
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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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Other Department manager viewing me as a problem and attacking me. How to deal with the situation?

I am working as a development team lead for a US based Organization. Recently I feel that another department manager is viewing me as a problem and attacking me. Below are reasons I had arranged a ...
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Awkward falling out with cofounder, what to do for W2? [closed]

I started a company with a friend from college after we were done with school. We had a huge adventure for about a year, building out a couple of products and taking in venture financing. I went from ...
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Workpace Hierarchy: Establishing respect with mature co-worker

I work as a programmer and have been lead developer on a new project at my company for some time. I haven't been given the official title of lead developer, but for this project it is a role I have ...
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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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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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As a contractor I have been chosen to lead other contractors and employees. How to safely lead without falling political dangers?

I am working for a US based organization as a contractor from their Vendor. Like me there are other contractors working with the same client. And also few employees also working in the same team. I ...
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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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How to manage other people who want to jump on board of your successful project?

I am currently working on a few high profile projects which are highly interesting for the company. I am observing lots of interest from my colleagues, and as projects start getting steam and first ...
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Maintaining relationships with coworkers when working in a politically unpopular department

I currently work in IT Compliance / Audit department at my company that operates in the software engineering industry. The company is large and multi - national, with many thousands of employees. My ...
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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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Advice on mixing union and non-union workers

We have had an incident where union workers in a trade were supposedly advised by their union hall to not converse with the only non-union guy from that is from their trade on the same shift. Our HR ...
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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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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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How to push a conversation for a transfer between two companies within a parent company?

I currently work for Company D. I work on a small infrastructure team (5 people for all of North America), and we service a few other companies (Company B, Company I, and Company O) within a parent ...
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How to deal with a coworker who uses sensuality and attractiveness to get favors and other things done at work?

I work at a fast-growing tech startup where most employees are between 25 and 35, so the culture is very young and casual. A department that works closely with my team recently hired an intern. She ...
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Hostile work environment [closed]

I've worked in an IT company as a developer for the last 8 months. During my first project in this company for first 6 months, I was given no work as my manager thought I was not capable enough. I was ...
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Everybody wants me for my skills, but I am not supported and all feels like a political tug of war. Should I just quit? [closed]

I recently joined a biotech company with < 300 employees. They make drugs and are interested in bioinformatics and DNA sequencing. It's a peculiar situation. Popularity: I have dozens of ...
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Poached by my client, and I want to accept, what do I say to my current employer?

I work as a Marketing Consultant within a small agency in Australia. I've been there for 4 years and recently was given the opportunity to manage the marketing account for a new client. After working ...
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Fighting Boredom As An Application Developer [closed]

What are some excellent ways to combat boredom as a developer? I've reached this point where I am fighting serious boredom and burn-out with what I do. I'm confident its not boredom with the subject ...
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Event director schedules events without coordinating with me, causing extra work for me

Basically, my boss and his peer (both are directors of their respective departments), don't appear to agree on a particular policy, and it's resulting in extra work for me, confusion for my colleagues,...
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What to do when your line manager is heavily involved in a political struggle?

I recently joined a new company in a technical role. My line manager is a very nice person and fully understands the challenges or my position, I am really happy to be working in this team. However, ...
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Should I give up my window seat to my more senior , experienced colleague?

Well, An awkward situation at work. We moved into a new office, and I was lucky enough to get a window seat . The first day, the manager just told us to pick our own seats. So I went ahead found a ...
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How can I leverage an interview from a big competitor while in probation for new job?

I am finishing my probation at a new company. Colleagues are nice, I am quite independent and it's an OK job. On the negative side, I got a 5% pay cut and I am commuting more, and there are no clear ...
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How to deal with being mislead in a company after recent hire [closed]

I was recently hired into a new job as an application developer. I have over five years experience as an application developer. Post hire, I realize what I was lead to believe at the interview is far ...
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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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Do I need to respond to a card (with a gift)?

I got married recently. We tried to keep it as quiet as possible in order to avoid the drama that would typically come along with with such an event, but I had to eventually had to share it with HR in ...
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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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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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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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what to do when there are rumors of firing employees on their increment day

I am working for a company which opened its regional office in my country since last year. I started 11 months ago and I was told by HR that company has bright future and it values its employees by ...
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How to diffuse misunderstandings and rumors about me in the work place?

I am working for a US-based consulting firm. They have employed me at their client location based on corp to corp contracts. My employer is vendor to client. I have to report to a manager on the ...
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What are some good exercises outside work to improve my political skills? [closed]

I have been in leadership positions since I was a kid - at various school societies (two of which I founded and still exist after I left) and later at university, as well as at non-profit ...
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To what extent can my volunteering and social responsibility experiences damage my career, if the causes are debatable/political?

Volunteering and social responsibility/charity work is widely encouraged here in the UK as part of ones' professional development - and recruiters/firms/career advisers expect people to list this ...
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Problem getting notice period reduced

I resigned at the start of this month and wanted to have my notice period of 2 months reduced to 2 weeks. The company (my manager and HOD) tried to retain me by making promises of better work and a ...
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Boss changes his mind, doesn't tell me, gets offended when i go with original plan

So, I work in a three man office, just me, the boss, and the lead developer. I'm the grunt of the office, usually my duties involve "Copy this!", "Fax that!", and "Pick up lunch!". I occasionally get ...
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Politics - Employer put a sign up in our yard for someone I don't support

I work at a small office with about half a dozen people. My employer just put a sign in the yard supporting someone running for City Council. I don't support this person and don't like that the sign ...
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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 much power does a 'project manager' have? [closed]

Consider a medium sized research group, say a dozen people or more. It's typical in certain fields to have a project manager that looks after finances and other admin tasks. Sometimes the person will ...
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Asking about a salary increase to go along with a title change

I've been told that I will be receiving a title change in a few months which entails a lot more responsibility. The promotion is technically a management level position, while I'm currently not a ...
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How to perform well at work when I am discouraged and demoralized by company politics? [closed]

I enjoy my function and the overall goal of the company but I am motivated by career progression and growth in responsibilities more than anything else; my ultimate goal is to become a great senior ...
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How to react when one of my bosses belittles my authority in presence of my reports? [duplicate]

All my seniors discuss with me first and thereafter leave it to me to handle all the workflow with the team. One of my new bosses - who is not responsible for my overall performance BUT whom I report ...
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Junior colleague is questioning my methodology in front of client

My junior colleague and I attend a meeting every week. Last week I was giving a presentation about the proposed work to be done and my colleague questioned my methodologies in front of the client. At ...
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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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Getting Policies Changed and Implementing Standards While Being Ignored

Note: My apologies for this question being so long, but I feel it necessary to explain the situation in full detail to provide maximum understanding. There is a TL;DR summary at the end for who just ...
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Under what circumstances can workplace silos be beneficial to the company?

I have some of the greatest managers and colleagues I have ever had in my working life. Yet one thing that seems to be highly enforced at our company are workplace silos, i.e. information should not ...
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How can I deal with my colleagues making me do the grunt part of the job?

I’m a software developer. I wasn’t careful enough and fixed a couple of bugs in our system that nobody in the team could fix. And that was the beginning of the problem. Today I have to fix the most of ...
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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 ...