My blog post Networking Inside the Company Walls, which was part of a blog series onPositive Office Politics, has been on of the most popular posts on The People Equation. As the name of the blog series implies, the focus was on the positive aspects of office politics. (Yes, there are positive aspects. Check out the post if you’re skeptical.)
A far more commonly held view of office politics, however, is a negative one, In fact, “politics” in general gets a bad rap, as evidenced by the photo at left. It’s sad but true: many people behave badly at work in an effort to get what they want, shirk responsibility or malign someone’s good name. No doubt, we’ve all seen those “politicians” out there maneuvering in the workplace.
I’m giving a presentation in a few weeks on the topic of Office Politics. Because it’s always great to have fresh information, I’d love it if you’d offer up your opinions in the comments section below to the follow question:
What’s your biggest office politics pet peeve? What are the negative behaviors you see acted out at the office that give “office politics” its bad name?
I look forward to hearing from you!