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Sandra always supported one of her
team members -Maria as she was her
child hood friend. Maria left no stone
unturned in criticising her team mem-
bers. Sandra blindly supported Maria
as they had spent their childhood
together. They even came to work
One should always have a control on
his tongue at the workplace. Speak rel-
evant and don t always find fault in
others. Listen to what the other person
has to say. Everyone s opinion is impor-
tant. One should learn to own his
Lack of Trust
It is essential to trust your colleagues.
Your fellow worker might confide
something in you, but that really does
not mean you will walk up to your boss
and disclose all his secrets. If you can t
help anyone, you have no rights to harm
him even. One should remember that
eventually it is trust and human rela-
tionships which help in the long run.
Your colleague can even be your best
friend. If one really has the potential,
his efforts never go unnoticed. Remem-
ber there is no short cut to success.
Manipulating information to mislead
superior also leads to politics at the
workplace. One should pass on infor-
mation in its desired form.
Politics also arises when employees
are indulged in unnecessary gossips.
Leg pulling, criticism, backstabbing,
hatred lead to politics. A jealous
employee would never want his fellow
workers to do well.
• Decrease in overall productivity
Politics lowers the output of an individual and eventually
affects the productivity of the organisation.
Common observation says that individuals who play politics
at the workplace pay less attention to their work.
They are more interested in leg pulling and back biting.
They spend most of their times criticising their fellow work-
ers.As a result of politics at the workplace, employees fail to
achieve targets within the stipulated time frame. Work gets
delayed in such an organisation.
• Affects concentration
Individuals find it difficult to concentrate on their work.
They are more interested in spoiling the other person s image
in front of the superiors.
An individual involved in politics is bound to make more
mistakes as his focus is somewhere else.
• Spoils the ambience
Politics leads to a negative environment at the workplace.
It spoils the relationships amongst individuals. An individual
playing politics at the organisation is disliked by all.
• Changes the attitude of employees
Politics changes the attitude of the employees.
Even the serious employees lose interest in work and attend
office just for the sake of it.
Internal politics do not allow employees to give their hundred
percent at work.
No matter how much hard work an employee puts in, it
goes unnoticed in a politically driven organisation.
• Demotivated employees
A non-performer can be the apple of his boss s eye simply
due to politics, thus demotivating the performers.
Discussions are essential at the workplace to extract the
best out of employees. Evaluating the pros and cons of an
idea always helps in the long run. Employees playing politics
always look for an opportunity to tarnish the image of the
Employees feel demotivated when they are not rewarded
suitably or someone who has not worked hard gets the benefits
due to mere politics.
• Increases stress
It is rightly said that problems evaporate if discussed. Indi-
viduals find it difficult to confide in any of their fellow workers
due to the fear of secrets getting leaked.
Politics increases the stress level of the employees. Individuals
are not machines who can work continuously for 8-9 hours
without talking to others. It is important to have friends at
the workplace who help you when needed.
Individuals fail to trust each other.
• Wrong information
Employees indulged in politics manipulate information and
it is never passed on in its desired form.
Superiors get a wrong picture of what is actually happening
in the organisation.
A wrong person walks away with the credit in an organisation
where employees are indulged in politics.
Effect of politics on organisation, employees
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