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Hi All, Request you to share your views on the subject.
26th October 2010 From India, Mumbai
it is better to be isolated and concentrate on our duty but in practical it is very difficult
26th October 2010 From India, Madras
Hello Sanjay, 28677c5420521383353edc6e6 said it right — and I may add: Learning thru the hard way :-) Rgds, TS
26th October 2010 From India, Hyderabad
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Workplace Politics: A necessary evil
Again, the question arises about the employees who do not become a part to this politics at their workplace. Experts say that giving up to the politics without being a part of it and fighting it, especially when it is unfair, is not advisable either. Sometimes, the politics becomes the necessary evil simply for self defense. As often, the people staying away are taken as a threat and become the victim of the workplace politics and are eliminated.

As it has become unavoidable to avoid the politics at today’s workplace, it has become necessary for every employee to:
connect to people,
try to identify the source of power,
observe and be aware of the happenings around, people’s strengths and weaknesses and their emotional intelligence.

Avoiding politics at workplace
Although it is practically impossible to make your workplace free from the politics, but the organisation and the employees can follow certain ethics for themselves to make their workplace healthier:

Avoid distorting or manipulating the truth and the facts.
Be yourself. Don’t have different faces to suit different people and different situations.
Be fair in your dealings. Take decisions based on other’s performance and not on the basis of your relations with them.
Be flexible, approachable and accessible to others. Rigidity can isolate you.
Communicate – Lack of proper communication is the root cause of most of the problems. Therefore, ensure a timely and open communication system. Hiding information, rumors or distorted information can aggravate the situation and problem. Proper communication will also help to combat the effect of gossip.
Have a broader perspective. Don’t work to satisfy your ego every time. Give a fair chance to everyone to put forward their thoughts.
Last but not the least; be clear in your conscious. Don’t compromise on your morals and ethics and, don’t hesitate to apologize if you realize that you are wrong.

It would be right to conclude that being a part of the interpersonal relations, politics at workplace is prevalent everywhere, and is unavoidable in most cases. But it’s more important to play the game right. Know the rules, stay true to yourself, don’t harm someone personally or his/her career, don’t take grudges home. Try to create a win-win situation for yourself, others and the organisation. Politics at workplace – can be good or bad – depends on how people take it and make it!
26th October 2010 From India, Pune
hi all,
politics- universal truth
lets face it that politics is and will be always present in an org albeit in various degrees

as a team member- be yourself and accept the fact that you just cant please everyone in your team there are bound to be differences but as long as you are well aware of your responsibilities and understand the co policies well, theres nothing to worry about

learn to say no: the word 'NO' is the most difficult to say but if mastered well it can save you a lot of hassles later on

as a leader: an insecure and scared leader will encourage politics among his/ her team members. remember there are no competitor for your subordinates... in fact put on a teachers/ guides hat and see the transparency and sincere indulgence within your team
motivate the average/ low performers regularly

as an employee- avoid passing on distorted info to others, never badmouth seniors/ colleagues anywhere, avoid spreading roumers especially during the appraisal time, maintain a dignified personality even if something hasn't gone your way, keep good company i.e spend most of your time among the achievers/ best performers
27th October 2010 From India, Pune
The modern definition of Politics - Poly means many and Ticks refers to the blood suckers.
Indeed, politics at workplace is a curse, specially for the one who doesnt wana be a part of it.
Ironically, there are times when you dont need politics but the other time, poltics needs you.
Rahul Chhabra
27th October 2010 From India, Delhi
Greetings to All,
Policits is some what good at workplace. It shows the live act which can be a lesson to all. So that one will learns his fault and never try to repeat it.
On a large extend it spoils humanity in person.
So its better to play politic when and where required not always to be with and all person. Play it right and on right place, just judge it when it is required.
Over all Be humane always.
27th October 2010 From India, Mumbai
hello dakhseshnaik,
your article is very motivating and inspiring but to some extent because according to me i think creating a win-win situation for yourself is not a good quality either it is considered as a bad quality....so its not acceptable everywhere......otherwise your article is very good.
27th October 2010 From India, Delhi
hello dakhseshnaik,
your article is very motivating and inspiring but to some extent....... because according to me i think creating a win-win situation for yourself is not a good quality either it is considered as a bad quality....so its not acceptable everywhere......otherwise your article is very good.
anyways thanks for such a nice article.
27th October 2010 From India, Delhi
if there is politics in office, it means employee are not satisfied......................
find out the reason first............... then we can tackle what ever the condition over there..........................
according to my knowledge........................
28th October 2010 From India, Mumbai
What do we mean by politics? It's a subject by itself, the reality is....it's surrounded everywhere and the whole world is ruled by it....we can't get away with it from the work place either! It's all about our individual personality and how well we manage it at the place we are in to make our work life comfortable. You will be part of it if you nod, and if you don't it will be assumed that you were part of the other gang, it will take a longer time for us to establish that we were neutral all along! Whatever be the work place scenario, being neutral and contributing consistently to the work place's objectives is what could make a difference for us at the same time not ignoring it completely, after all politics is everywhere! Equally beware of the fact that if we practice politics then there will be times wherein we will also be ruled by the opposition!
28th October 2010 From India, Madras
Dear All,

In my opinion, generally politics is started by employees who do not have enough work. Politics germinates out of gossips and rumours.

Generally, politics is an unhealthy culture. But, sometimes for HR professionals it is a route to seed in, unpleasant informations through these channels. For example you have decided to prepare the union office bearers before a negotiation and you have information that the union office bearers are unlikely to heed to your strategy and you wish that it has to be known to fellow workmen then you need to seed it indirectly through these channels without revealing yourself.

But in general politics in organisations kill the morale of employees. Hence, you need to take it head on.

Whenever you observe unhealthy politics. For example you observe that an employee is passing comments on the relationship existing between two employees (male and female), then it would be wise on your part to curtail it immediately. As this will take a nasty turn some day.

As suggested by many of the colleagues, dealing with politics varies from situation to situation. But you should not be drowned in the process. Beware!!!

28th October 2010 From India, Madras
hi all
dont involve in learning politics, politics can be created and it can also be destroyed.
if by giving bang bang to the person doing politics, it can be stopped, but you should have the guts to bang bang....
28th October 2010 From India, Coimbatore
I agree with rohitmgulati!! Come wat may, professionals and politics can't be separated.
Assertive Communication, Win-Win Situation, Communication Models and all the similar jazz is bookish matter; the reality is harsh and clear that poltics is unavoidable!!
If my boss or any other HOD is playing politics against me, just because i dint favor him; how will win-win etc come in picture?? i can apply these models, however the other person has already decided to deal wid me in his own ways!!
These models can be more useful if one is in the management and want to change the culture of the organization, otherwise its just apt to be in a book!!
Rahul Chhabra
28th October 2010 From India, Delhi
hii everybody....
firstly, thanks to all for sharing such valuable suggestions over d crucial topic.............
ya thatz true.......n moreover....to remove d dirt, firstly u hv to get into it...........u hv to interact with co-workers oftenly, to avoid confusions at any later stage.......POSITIVE & CLEAR COMMUNICATION works best...
28th October 2010 From India, Lucknow
ignore the rubbish adopt the good is the right way but it will be difficult to manage in practicle. sumit
28th October 2010 From India, Ghaziabad
first we need to understing purpose of politics, so gether the information to do the best apply for mantra........how controlling and punished them.
28th October 2010 From India, Bangalore
Dear All,
Managing politics in work place is indeed very difficult.... Be on the side of truth and justice...And move striclty along the path of company rules and regulations. Be unique...and never show any sorts of partiality to anyone.....Keep in mind always...we are working for the company as one....Understand the management and also your collegues.........
28th October 2010 From India, Rajamahendri
What is politics?
If it is influencing others and get things done in your way then it is very much desirable. Self praise, showing self imprortance / or self worth is also not that bad
If your means are wrong -like gossiping, self-boasting,implicating others without reason etc. then it is bad otherwise it is an art.
In any organisation one go he needs to understand the politics
28th October 2010 From India, Gurgaon
Well I think that office politics can be pretty rotten at times. But the fact remains, where there are people there will be politics. Also one thing you can’t deny is that getting people influenced and getting things done are all part of business. So point is that it really depends for what and how it is being used. What I would say is that it is the behavior of the people that makes politics rotten or good. I will further illustrate my point with a simple example.
Let’s say part of what you need to do in your organization is to push new initiatives and get people to
Now you can do this in 2 ways

- By identifying influencers and people in your company and educating them on you initiatives regarding the benefits of the same
- Or by stealing credit for your team’s ideas and curtailing any opposing views to the initiatives proposed by you

I don’t know about others opinion, but the first way seems OK and the second way seems a wee bit sneaky.
So I stick to my point that politics is essential to get things done (like it or not ). It’s the intent of the person that makes it good or bad. Also it must be understood that politics arise out of a difference of opinion which may be legitimate or totally without rhyme or reason ( I know most of you see the second one ).
Also whenever such situations arise, it’s best to get these things solved through a neutral third party or someone outside the team.

So how to resolve politics?
There really is not simple answer to this unfortunately. No it’s not as easy ticking off a checklist. Every situation demands a different approach to conflict resolution. But the things to keep in mind is identification of the problem, and the stakeholders involved.

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29th October 2010 From India, Delhi
Dear Suneetameena, Excellent approach and the right way to deal with politics suggested by you. Your thoughts will serve as an eye opener for dealing with Politics. M.V.KANNAN
30th October 2010 From India, Madras
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