Office Politics – Surviving It.


Office Politics

In every office environment, politics is a norm. There are many reasons why would people play politics, some common reasons will be to play politics to the person’s advantage, to rid someone off the salary line or even simply because the victim has a face that a person do not fancy. You name it. There are a thousand reasons.

However, I must bring to your attention that there are 2 types of Office Politics. The Positive Version & the Animalistic Version. The latter is what 99% of the population knows so well and the earlier version with 99% of the population unaware that this existed. So what’s the difference?

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The Animalistic Version –
In the jungle of the modern office, primitive behaviors are displayed in many faces. There are explanations why executives use politics. Most of the time, to achieve their personal goals, to displace a threat or to self elevate and put themselves in a better light in front of the boss. Such behavior are damaging to the overall productivity of the company, damaging to someone’s reputation and sometimes in fatal cases, someone could be sacked (or murdered).

Why Animalistic? Such anti-social behavior are fueled by “Hunger” for promotion, “Defense” for personal safety, “Prey” on person(s) that poses a threat, “Hunt” on person(s) from rival group/colleagues & “Scavenge” on credits that is rightfully belonging to others. Now, isn’t the modern a jungle?   

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The Positive Version – This form of politics is “commonly uncommon.” Why so? Positive politics are employed by most management in the form of praises, encouragement and counseling. Such form of politics is advantageous to the overall growth and productivity of a business. Whenever Positive Politics are deployed, there are invisible bonds that start forming almost immediately among the workers and a strong link between the employer and the employees. Sadly, not many companies are versed in this thus losing talented staff and loyal employees.

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 Personally, I was a bit angry with “someone” whom accused me of playing politics in the office yesterday. It is no longer a secret that I hated a lady in the office whom thinks too highly of herself in my office, but when work is concerned, I am being fair and unbiased towards this person. I treated her like any other colleague. I didn’t even try to backstab her in any ways. So when something crops up yesterday, I merely mentioned that this lady (that I hated) may be able to render assistance to another colleague who needed something urgently, this “someone” actually ranted at me and accused me of politics. Well, after a good night’s rest, I’ve almost forgotten about this incident. A simple reason, she is not versed in the skill of politics and that can be easily be forgiven.

Into my 12th year in the media industry, I can easily proclaim myself as the “Master of Politics”. To be a master, you have to play Positive Politics and balance up Animalistic Politics and not being discovered by anyone else. Sound easy? It takes many mistakes to perfect the skills of “playing the right politics”. To be politically correct, always present facts, sweetened your words, never pretentious, be generous with your praises and lastly, be at least 70% sincere in order to survive long enough before you becomes a prey for a stronger predator.

Now back to the jungle.

On Singapore Roads
* Met 3 Road Idiots Since my last Blog.
* Total 602 Road Idiots Encountered on SG Roads. 

Wish List
* More "Media Free Play" from The Government.
* Form more Media Associations to represent local media owners.

* All Road Hoggers Dead.
* For God’s Sake Clean Up Trash On Public Roads.
* Petrol Companies are Profiteering yet Authorities Don’t Care.
* No more roadworks during Peak Hours!
* Please tell me where can I dine without the presense of PRCs!
* Foreign Talents or Foreign Troublemakers? We shall see.

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