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1 Dont Shake It Up Understand Office Politics Presented by Dr. Phil Weast SCC Dean of Student Services Developed by Chuck Reece Director of Human Resources and Facility Development

2 Office Politics – What is it? It is simply how power gets worked out on a practical, day-to-day basis among co-workers. It can be either positive or negative.

3 Office Politics – What is it? It is the use of one's individual or assigned power within an employing organization for the purpose of obtaining advantages beyond one's legitimate authority.power authority Those advantages may include access to tangible assets, or intangible benefits such as status or pseudo-authority that influences the behavior of others. status Both individuals and groups may engage in Office Politics.

4 Should you play? Some experts argue that you cant avoid the game of office politics. Some say it is crucial to career success. Many say that it causes stress.

5 Is this just Office Gossip? Office politics has the objective of gaining an advantage. Office gossip is a social activity.gossip Both activities are highly related to each other.

6 Examples of Office Politics Sucking up/Brown-nosing Being the Yes person Being the office cynic Giving someone a piece of your mind An war (and CC everyone!) Sleeping with the Boss or coworker Stealing credit Gossiping coworkers Abusive Managers

7 More Examples….. Favoritism Nepotism Lazy and annoying coworkers Betrayal Sex in the office False resumes White lies Sneaky tricks and much, much more.

8 Case Study Read the case studies Twisted Tornado – link to itlink to it Under the Bus – link to itlink to it Kissing Butt – link to itlink to it 2 tasks: Identify the issue(s) involved Determine the action(s) you would take

9 Case Study - Twisted Tornado

10 Ways to Deal with this Situation Accept the fact that bad people do get promoted. Understand that you are at risk by voicing your displeasure in public. Be mindful of your focus – do your best work and remain professional always. Emulate parts of her behavior – Network!

11 Case Study – Under the Bus Haloed Coworker Throws Others Under the Bus

12 Case Study – Under the Bus Ways to Deal with this Situation Stay calm and fact-based. Take it one step at a time in your attempts to deal with her. Marathon vs. sprint Make attempts to include her - often! Sit down with her with the purpose of calmly discussing an observation or giving feedback from a non-threatening position.

13 More Under the Bus… Consider that she basically means well. With this approach, you are likely to come from a place of offering help rather than getting provoked into an angry response. When all else fails, lay low, stay out of the line of fire and document behavior.

14 Case Study – Kissing Butt Is it necessary to succeed?

15 Case Study – Kissing Butt Ways to Deal with this Situation This is an opportunity for growth. Youre undervaluing yourself. Coworker is good at networking - You have to get better! Being friendly with the Boss is not kissing butt – try being nice. Research other job opportunities or apply for the supervisor job yourself.

16 How to Win at Office Politics What you will need… $$ - Money every few weeks for the occasional lunch with a colleague to build and maintain relationships. Time - An hour a week for coffee breaks, lunches, and impromptu chats in the hallway time for you to offer help, ask for it, or socialize with people whose relationships you value.

17 What you will need - continues Tools Game Plan: Know what you want to accomplish so you can tie the work you do - and the alliances you forge - to those goals. Allies: Find the people who will listen and support you. Remember: those with the power to help you may be peers or support staff. Chits: Before you can ask your allies for favors, you first need to give them genuine support. What can you offer that will have real value to them? Thick Skin: People may try to block your goals to advance their own. Don't take it personally. They're not out to get you - just to save themselves.

18 Observe your Company Culture Who gets listened to? Who has influence in decisions? What is rewarded? What is punished?

19 Office politics – good outcomes? Achieve worthwhile goals Gain support for a needed change Bring an idea to fruition Have a successful and rewarding career

20 Understand Office Politics Questions? Thank You!


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