10 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Office Politics - Slide 9

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It subverts the aim of consensus-building.

Salary.com addresses the importance of being a consensus builder, but undermines the point with this statement: “Another advantage of building consensus is that you become a broker, not only of solutions and relationships, but also of power.” Office politics has the deleterious effect of transforming a consensus builder into a power broker.

A leading SaaS provider of HR software is putting out information that constitutes one of the gravest disservices to the corporate working environment that Don Tennant has seen in a long time. The problem has nothing to do with its software, but rather with the kind of “advice” it’s providing visitors to its website.

The SaaS provider is salary.com, and the advice in question is being conveyed in the form of a slideshow titled, “Office Politics: 10 Ways to Play and Win.” The purpose of the piece is to show you “how to position yourself for the game you'll have to play at some point, like it or not.” No matter how you slice it, what salary.com is doing is advancing the notion that engaging in office politics is necessary and inevitable.

Don believes that that’s nonsense. You don’t have to play the office politics game any more than you have to engage in any other form of corruption to advance your career. He says you’re far better off doing everything in your power to avoid office politics at all costs. Here are his 10 reasons why.

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