Thursday, March 27, 2014

Understanding Office Politics II

...welcome to the concluding part of this topic. If you didn't get the first part, click here

Learn How To Speak
There is a technique to using words in the office, I used to be an advocate of 'say it as it is after all you are right'... nah, that doesn't pay you, as a matter of fact it could take pay outta your pocket. Choose who you confide in very carefully, and do not make comments about other work colleagues, about your company, about your BOSS except the person you are talking to has a lot more to lose if it gets to the wrong ears. Don't you know that the only way some people can rise is by pulling others down? Don't let your loose lips sink you. Keep your words few

You Can't Change The System
Oh dear, you really can't. Except you knock it down, and rebuild it which I must say isn't why you were hired. By all means add value to where ever you find yourself , give the best you can to influence your work circle positively...but you must shake off that idea that you can change the system, one person cannot change the system, it is not possible and it is not necessary. What you can do is leave the system when it begins to tamper with your values and self esteem.

Be Patient
This is the part where you need to exercise patience...when you've played the game thus far, and played it well, take a sit and watch things unfold. You can't be seen to be too eager, desperation is suspicious. Exercise patience and control yourself, just wait. Its a virtue

I'm not saying quit your job, all i'm saying is that there is an exit door. The beauty about this whole thing is knowing that there are other places to work. Lesser places, better places, either ways you can always leave. When you begin to compromise your values (corporately) for a paycheck, very soon you will lose your voice. Before it gets there, always know that you can walk out.

But what if you don't want to play? What if you just want to do your job well, keep your head above water and just stay away from the shenanigans? Well like I said in the first part, that kind of behaviour will only make you a victim of war.

Office politics are inevitable, learn to adapt and manipulate people  circumstances in order to have a successful work life,  but whatever you do, be decent enough not to throw someone else under the bus for your own advancement. Do not lose your morals and values in the process.


Nutty Jay


  1. I agree with you Nutty. There's really no way to avoid them except you leave. I have a friend under the bus at the moment *sigh*

    1. Babe even me I'm learning office politics the hard way

  2. Looool. I'm laughing here because i can imagine what you are going through or what you went through that made you write this piece. It’s true talk. The heading should have been, Swim along.... or be eaten alive. Lol.

    You used to be an advocate of 'say it as it is after all you are right'..., that doesn't pay you; as a matter of fact it could take pay outta your pocket…true. Watching what and how you say things is not “cowardice” it is applying wisdom. Even the Bible encourages us to apply wisdom when words come out of our mouth.
    "……….what is best practice and you want to stand up for your colleague against your boss... DON'T. Take a deep breath, count to 20, and choose pleasing your Boss over your colleague..hehe…its true talk, don’t turn yourself to “Mr Adekoya…a Yoruba name meaning…Mr defender”

    I tell you that’s the real "office world" Nuttyjay. The real world in the office is not what the office policy spells out on paper, it’s actually what the society and economy is dictating to your office and its staff to operate with. My colleagues wonder how I get my way with my boss on issues they dare not try. Some say it to my face that I use a spell on boss, I just smile and carry on. Sometimes co-workers who don't contribute much are the ones getting the benefits in the office and you will be wondering, is it that i don't pray enough.

    Like you ended it, Office politics is inevitable but whatever you do to jump the line, be careful how you go about it, don’t hurt people in the process of playing your office politics because it’s a small world.

  3. Mehn the politics in the office must really be so serious. Nice write up though :)

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