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Office Politics - Keeping It Professional
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As recruiters, we often witness the damage that occurs when office politics creates problems for individuals, departments and companies.
Political decisions encourage hypocrisy, secrecy, deal making, rumors, power brokers, self-interests, image-building, self-promotion, and cliques -- not a recipe for effective team work.
For people starting in a new position, unfamiliar with the corporate culture and wanting to blend in with the new team, it can be helpful to remember the following points:
Creating a Positive Political Advantage:
So what do you do if
there is blatant favoritism, unfair promotion policies or someone has it in for
you and there is no likelihood of a positive change in conditions? That is when
you owe it to yourself, your health and personal integrity to realize that it is
time to move on to a more positive future.
Bear in mind that leaving should be your last resort. If you have helped to create a negative atmosphere by taking an aggressive attitude, challenging
the powers that be or otherwise criticized people well entrenched with the existing power structures, then you may have contributed to the problem.
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