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Chrm Message From: ayeshaa Total Posts: 36 Join Date: 14/10/2006
Rank: Executive Post Date: 06/11/2006 01:27:13 Points: 180 Location: United States

Dear Friends, 

No matter how far we are able to distance our self from the internal politics in the office, it is still possible that we will be affected by it.

Someone in our organisation - maybe someone we have long thought of as an ally - may suddenly see us as a threat to his own career path. When this happens, this person may start acting in ways designed to undermine our reputation and effectiveness.

Of course, we have to be careful not to jump to conclusions. But don't be dumb, either. If We have any reason to suspect that someone is sabotaging our efforts in the office, don't be passive.

Make it our business to discuss the situation with him. But be careful. Skilled players at office politics are good at covering their tracks. So, if we have to, be prepared to provide concrete evidence to back up any suspicions we may have.

In the meantime, keep our guard up whenever we are dealing with anyone who does the following:

Speaks negatively about you: Watch out for poison tongues, especially when they encourage us to talk negatively about others in the company or about the company in general.

Steals Our ideas: Beware of co-workers who frequently come to us to pick our brain but never give us credit when presenting our ideas to the bosses.

Breaks their promises: Steer clear of people who make commitments but do not tell us until the last minute that they cannot meet them, thereby making us look bad in the eyes of others.

Chrm Message From: archanahr Total Posts: 29 Join Date: 14/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 06/11/2006 01:32:49 Points: 145 Location: United States

Hello Ayesha

I have read this posting "office politics" and have to say a few things and pose a few questions.

1. Do we work in organizations to seek "allies" ?
2. Can anybody undermine us so easily if we are really an effective performer ?
3. How many persons, for how long, can sabotage our well meaning efforts ?
4. How much time we have at our disposal and how much time we should spend in going around the organization and identifying those who are talking negative about us ?
5. Do ideas have a protection of COPYRIGHT act ?

Hope these questions will lead you to what I am going to submit now.I agree to the extent that being cautious is being wise. But being unsure of ourselves and doing "police" work for our survival ( or the so called effectiveness ) is not desirable. If we have intrinsic goodness, we will have many well wishers in the system, who will, on their own come, and tell us about things going bad for us.

Doing the "Police" role will distract us from our goals and will prove detrimental for us(including affecting our health).

The views expressed above, by me, are based on my experience, both as a Line Manager as well as HR functionary. These are entirely my personal views. I am posting them because such issues are vital and and can leave imprints in the minds of our younger generation.

Warm Regards,


Chrm Message From: sumit_hr Total Posts: 29 Join Date: 14/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 06/11/2006 01:37:14 Points: 145 Location: United States


As mentioned by Archana, I fully agree with this statement that rather then policing it would make sense to invest your time in sincere, hard and quality work. We would get to know by our well wishers if there is any politics being played.

Even I have gone thru this - right at the begining of my career when entire office was in my favour ( just because of my hard and sincere work commitments) against the VP wish to remove me from the job...

Its good to be cautious but continue putting in your best efforts.........they pay

Just got prompted to write my views as I have been a witness to the same.


Chrm Message From: sow.happy Total Posts: 32 Join Date: 14/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 22/08/2009 08:14:35 Points: 160 Location: United States

i agree with sumit

but how to manage in certain case where our co-worker gains impression though he does nothing but he is boss pet in that case how to manage

finally boss is the decision maker even though we does everything perfectly and sytematically if boss is not good then whatever we does just goes on air my personal expereince

i understand in shortrun they will be happy but in future people who are true and transperant will win always

Chrm Message From: rkuppili Total Posts: 121 Join Date: 14/10/2006  
Rank: Leader Post Date: 24/08/2009 10:17:59 Points: 605 Location: United States


I agree with each of the posts in this topic. We all are aware that politics is a part of the game in any industry: be it government, sports, entertainment, etc. or finally workplace. So being convinced that this is a part and parcel of our careers, march ahead and believe that your hard-work and sincerity will knock down any negative poilitical vibes within your organization.


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