Office Politics – A Necessary Evil?

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Office politics is the politics with a small ‘p,‘ and it is a game that I love to hate for its nebulous practice and pervasiveness.

Let’s face it. As long as there are more than two people, in-person or online, hierarchical structure, office politics is guaranteed to exist regardless we like it or not. Why?

People have preferences and bias. To organize resources and get the job done, boss must hold power over subordinates. And rules, policies, and procedures are suppose to be in place to support the mission. Their effectiveness depends on implementation.

If done right, office politics can grease human relation, smooth over individual difference, and incentivize employee performance. But more often than not, the opposite happens against our better angels.

Particularly, when selfishness gets in the way, office politics circumvents merit promotion, defies logic of sound policy, and stifles innovation. Instead of empowerment, it becomes nepotism (birds of a feather flock together) or power struggle.

What is your thought on office politics?



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