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Workplace politics fueled by gossip and rumors

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Washington, D.C., isn’t the only place brimming with politics. In a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps, 80% of professionals said they believe office politics are alive and well in the workplace.

In fact, the problem seems to be getting worse. Only 14% said participating in office politics is not necessary at all to get ahead, compared to 42% in a 2012 survey. Twenty-eight percent said politicking is very necessary for career advancement, up from 15% in 2012.

How workplace politics plays outMore than half of workers (55%) said they take part in office politics, with 16% describing themselves as “active campaigners” and 39% self-identifying as “occasional voters.”

The most common ways to play the office politics game, according to those polled: Spreading gossip and rumors and buttering up the boss.






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