7 Dark Sides of Work

Office politics

Office politics is game playing for personal gain or just an ego boost. It includes gossiping, spreading rumours, sucking up to the boss, being the ‘yes’ man, manipulation, backstabbing, white lies, taking credit for someone else’s work and sabotaging projects.

Working with people who play these games can be exhausting. You feel like you always need to be on your toes and it takes away from the work that needs to be done. 

Most people want to get ahead at work, but it’s how you do it that matters. Are you working as a team to create win/win situations or do you believe others need to lose so you can win? 

What comes to mind when you think of office politics? For me it’s Utopia… 

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Office politics leads to bullying, harassment and discrimination and occurs because the culture, systems, policies or leadership ignore, accept or tolerate poor behaviours. To prevent and eliminate office politics in your workplace, check out NEON solutions and my toolbox training