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Workers Understand Need to Play Office Politics

Workers Understand Need to Play Office Politics

With employers increasingly focused on the bottom line and maintaining strict budgets, it has become more and more difficult for workers to receive a promotion.

A new survey conducted by Robert Half International sheds light on this issue, noting that more than half of responding U.S.

With employers increasingly focused on the bottom line and maintaining strict budgets, it has become more and more difficult for workers to receive a promotion.

A new survey conducted by Robert Half International sheds light on this issue, noting that more than half of responding U.S. workers believe engaging in office politics plays at least some role in advancing within a company.

The survey, which is based on telephone interviews with more than 400 U.S. workers who are employed in an office environment, found a total of 41 percent saying involvement in office politics is somewhat necessary to get ahead. Another 15 percent called it "very necessary," the survey found.

"There is some degree of politics at play in virtually every organization," Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, said in a release. "The savviest professionals practice workplace diplomacy. They remain attuned to political undercurrents but don't allow themselves to get pulled into situations that could compromise their working relationships or reputation."

The report follows another recent survey conducted by Fierce, Inc., which found employees are most focused on achieving more individual empowerment and corporate transparency in the workplace.

Comments

Anonymous
(Controller) |

From personal experience, it is "very necessary" in all three organizational types.

Anonymous
(Project Leader, FP&A) |

It would be interesting to see details by organizational type (i.e. public, private, non-profit, government).