It’s not just performance but Office Politics tooThe job market has become very competitive nowadays and good performance is the key to survive in any private organization today. But is this all? Can employees feel assured that they will reap the benefits in form of promotion and salary hike just by virtue of their performance? No, I think this is not always true nowadays as employees need to cross one more hurdle and that is "Office Politics".
We all might have heard about and experienced office politics. In past, this was more common in government organizations but now it has started developing in private companies too and even if Software/IT companies.
Now office politics is a very broad term and it may cover a number of scenarios. Examples are below.
Higher management of the company may have the majority of people belonging to a particular region and hence they end up in favoring other junior staff belonging to the same region. Due to this sometimes employees belonging to the same region tend to get rewards irrespective of their performance and deserving ones are left out.
There will always be a set of people in any company who do not want to work sincerely and will not let others work too. These people will tend to create problems for the people who are performing well by unnecessarily finding their mistakes.
Sometimes groupism is seen among employees belonging to a particular region and they always support each other and neglect others.
There will be some employees who will work less and shout more. Due to this, employees who are modest and work hard but do not shout about it tend to suffer. They work hard and credit is taken by others who are well versed with office politics.
So it is quite evident that for survival in the professional world nowadays, in addition to good performance people should also able to tackle the prevailing office politics. At times it is seen that innocent people fall prey to office politics in spite of being good performers.