Politics is considered a ‘value’ in most organizations! Or would you disagree and say it is considered a necessary evil and not necessarily a ‘value’? Sigh! Whatever! And, what’s more, I am afraid it precedes all other ‘values’! Honesty, truthfulness, justice, kindness, genuineness et al. If you don’t particularly like politics and want to avoid it and concentrate on your work and do something constructive, you’re labeled as a maverick of sorts - idealistic, impractical and unreal! Come to think of it, what *is* corporate politics after all? A plain and simple case of people trying to save their own skins and lead life the way they want to (get what they want)? And many a time this comes at the cost of others’ lives and careers? So, why can’t organizations invest money, time and effort in avoiding the consequences of politics? (Note that I did not say ‘avoid politics’ because that will definitely be an unrealistic expectation). There are a lot of thoughts that are crisscrossing my mind on this topic…..but I am not able to articulate it right now. The key point for me is this:
Organizations ought to identify employees who love their jobs and are true to their organization and either protect them and help them follow their natural growth path or train them to deal with the politics so it doesn’t affect them or the company at large. Those who are too engrossed with their work but are unlucky to not be blessed with appropriate managers are either trampled all over or at best, get a raw deal in terms of organizational reciprocation. Would love to know your thoughts and comments. Enlighten me.