Developing Your (Office) Political Savvy – Positively

Developing Your (Office) Political Savvy – Positively

When you hear the phrase “office politics,” what comes to mind?

Do you imagine:

Favoritism
Back-stabbing
“Makes me want to run and hide”
Cronyism
Self-interest
It’s not a pretty list, is it? Whenever I talk with people about “office politics” their viewpoints have a negative theme associated with them.

These words represent the dark side of human nature – what I call “people behaving badly” at work. Behaviors that produce these types of reactions are unproductive and harmful to workplace relationships, so it’s natural that we would take a dim view of something that encourages these outcomes.