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By : Sanjay Kaushik, Resource, TalentEquity Solutions
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Hi Friends,

Sharing with you an interesting blog posted on

In these times of slow economic recovery, many of us are finding it difficult to hold on to our respective jobs. Work pressures, stretched working hours, stringent quality checks and - clubbed with all this - workplace politics. Ethically speaking, just how desperate are we to save our job?

You need to be aware when someone is gunning after you. After all you don’t want to loose your credibility, a promotion or your job. You need to identify and fight back the people who indulge in workplace politics. A few signs that you should keep a lookout for, are:

1. Your mistakes and weaknesses are exaggerated in front of others.
2. You find yourself caught in the playing the blame game.
3. Meetings are conducted without you being invited or informed.
4. You don’t get the information which you should be normally be getting directly.
5. Your private information becomes public knowledge.

If 3 out of the 5 mentioned situations seem familiar to you, you may be getting dragged in politics at workplace. So how does one survive? Below are a few things that one should keep in mind:

   1. Keep your cool. Being too emotional works against you.
   2. List all situations. Prepare a note of all such incidents where you think your colleague is playing mischief.
   3. Introspect. Review each of the incidents objectively. Do you see any logic? If you are confused, it is always advisable to speak to your confidante at work or a senior (a person who is removed from the situation and would be able to guide you). This helps you in seeing the correct picture.
   4. Discuss with your boss. You have your list of incidents, viewpoints and patience with you. Share your fears with your boss. The boss may call in for a dialogue with you and your colleague. Be prepared.
   5. Face your adversary. Prepare yourself, choose the right assertive attitude and share your observations and ask for an explanation.

It is most likely that the person will back off and will be careful about their behaviour after the meeting. And trust me, your boss/ colleagues will respect you for that.

It has been observed that  when we stop, think and act on a situation we are likely to win. So go ahead, face and resolve workplace politics and make the workplace a reason to look forward to and not sulk. Growl :)

Keep your feedback coming :)



 Top Comment : Nitin M Aras   | 09 18 2009 12:36:15 +0000
Practical situation and good solution.
9 comments on "Workplace politics and survival of the fittest"
  Commented by  Veena, Manager HR, Infotech HAL Ltd.    | 10 29 2009 08:53:38 +0000
Good article, addressed the IT politics in simple words. 
In such scenarios people should make use of company tools like "Open Door Policies" to walk straight into to the superior's cabin and seek clarification rather creating a web of all soughts of speculations.

  Commented by  Ajay Ziz, Deputy Registrar, University of Jammu    | 10 29 2009 07:43:07 +0000
point no. 5 :: face it :: 
cool dude ::: this is the best of the lot ::

if he/she slaps with hand , box him / her ;;;
just hit where it hurts most .... survival of the fittest & the freakiest ..
  Commented by  suchita Ambardekar, Portfolio Manager, Tristate Medical Equipment India Pvt Ltd    | 10 29 2009 06:54:35 +0000

Wonderful....Especially the practical tips....
The first one I felt was the most important...if that is practised..then rest can be managed...
  Commented by  Charles davison, Project Manager, Douglas OHI LLC    | 09 30 2009 12:32:34 +0000
Good one keeping your head on your shoulders is the right thing.
  Commented by  sumitra dutta, Consultant, Keane    | 09 30 2009 10:51:10 +0000
Rating : +1 
Mr.sanjay this is an interesting article. I too agree with you, the economic recession has created politics at the workplace.The above mentioned are the familiar situation where one is dragged into politics. So the solutions given above will help you to survive in that situation. My opinion is face your adversary is the most important sign one should posses in such kind of situation.

  Commented by  Sanjay Kaushik, Resource, TalentEquity Solutions    | 09 29 2009 09:22:36 +0000
@Nitin: Thanks for appreciating the article.

@ Paresh: Great inputs from you. Now a days politics at workplace has became an integral part of corporate culture.Which is diverting employees from their goals. Instead there should be a transparent and open workting system where we only need to worry about our work and nothing else.

@ Devi: I think you have hit the nail correctly. Boss/ managers need to be more proactive and be objective in such situations. There support will only enrich the workplace. 
  Commented by  Devi Kaladeen, Audit Manager, Health Sector Development Unit    | 09 18 2009 14:35:44 +0000
Rating : +2 
The heading of the article speaks for itself. Surely only the fittest will survive in the workplace.If the boss is your godfather you bet you will get away with a lot of nonsense. Also there is nothing like confidential information once it is viewed by the secretary, the boss and the filing clerk. So much for confidentiality and  workplace politics.
Nice article, thanks for sharing.
  Commented by  Paresh.Khanchandani, Process Manager, E-Procurement Technologies Limited    | 09 18 2009 12:58:30 +0000
Rating : +2 
Office politics is at the core of all organizations. Paying attention to it can be just as important as fulfilling the responsibilities written in your job description, if you aren't on the watch for it or don't tactfully engage in it, you could jeopardize your career and watch your hard work and loyalty go down the drain.
Studies reveal that increased political skill leads to better job performance.
Research shows that this applies both to people in upper-management jobs and to employees in lower-level jobs that don't require much personal interaction. 
Political skill proves to be the best overall predictor of job performance, surpassing intelligence and personality traits.
  Commented by  Nitin M Aras, Head/VP/GM-Tech. Support, Wintech Taparia Limited    | 09 18 2009 12:36:15 +0000
Rating : +2 
Practical situation and good solution.
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