A few of the poll responses:
How political do you consider your organization?
To a great or very great extent: 70%
To what extent does your organization consider politics as a skill to be developed?
Not at all or to a little extent: 48%
Have employees in your organization been demoted, fired or passed over for promotion because they lacked political skill?
Over the last three years, has office politics had a negative effect on your career?
Workplace coach Marie McIntyre, author of Secrets to Winning at Office Politics, agrees that office politics is a fact of work. “Avoiding politics is like avoiding air,” she says.
Her recommendation for admins? “As a group, admins put a lot of energy into managing their relationship with the boss, but not as much energy into managing relationships with colleagues.” So put a little extra focus on those peer-to-peer relationships.
Check out McIntyre’s web site, www.yourofficecoach.com, where she spotlights a new workplace topic each week.