INTERVIEW FINDINGDefine, from your understanding and experience, organisational (office) politics.
Office politics or organisational politics exist since time immemorial in every service,business, private and public organization. Office politics is bad , sometimes it delaysorganisations to ‘prosper ‘ and in many instances if management fails to control it, willsmother young , aspiring executives, who become disillusioned by weak , ill –conceivedand poor decisions, resulting in mistrust, managing and promoting nepotism and lack of clarity in managing towards the organisational goals. Poor management decisionsultimately results in high turnover of human resource. Office politics often is the cause of many casualties along the road to corporate goal.Office politics may be able to encourage certain individuals to become competitive, over-bearing and with the perceived concept of so- called being powerful and favoured . Thismisconstrued perception is conceived by stifling innovation and creativity or squeezingresources where its due at the expense of genuine, hardworking , productive individualswho will ultimately leave the organisation after experiencing disillusionment ,overwhelmed by negative kickbacks from upper management.Office politics thrive in an environment where management is controlled by a singleshareholder individual or a group of individuals , normally the CEO and his henchmen ,who are also the major shareholders of the company . The CEO is often surrounded byambitious managers who crave for attention and possibly promotion. Office Politicsnormally develop when a few individuals feel threatened, unsafe , insecure and soperceived the need to protect their turf by sabotaging the work of others and preventsothers from getting the limelight and recognition.
From your own working experience, please give an example of an office politicsincident that you had been involved with. Please be as elaborate as possible. Pleasestate whether you’re the instigator or recipient of this incident.
I was never an instigator in Office politics because I consider myself independent and hasthe capability to handle any project based on my own initiative and capability .My responsibility is to ensure that every student who graduates from the University ismarketable and gets a job worthy of the academic rigour that they went through from