Campaign Trail: Office Politics

By Elisa Mora on June 29, 2016 at 8:01am

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: OFFICE POLITICS

POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT

RUMOUR HAS IT:

80% of employees believe office politics exist in their workplace

The three most common office politics activities:*

50% Gossiping or spreading rumors
23% Gaining favour by flattering the boss
18% Taking credit for others’ work

CAMPAIGNING ON THE JOB

Effect of involvement in office politics on one’s career:

24% Very necessary to get ahead
42% Somewhat necessary to get ahead
22% Not at all necessary to get ahead
12% Don’t know

OCCASIONAL VOTER OR ACTIVE CAMPAIGNER?

Employees’ level of office politics involvement:

44% OCCASIONAL VOTER:
I get involved when issues are important to me
42% A NEUTRAL PARTY:
I stay completely out of the fray
10% ACTIVE CAMPAIGNER:
I have to play the game to get ahead
5% Don’t know

Source: Accountemps survey of more than 370 Canadian workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment

*Responses represent 299 employees who cited office politics in their workplace. Top three responses shown.

© 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company.

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