Whether you’re a rank and file employee personnel, in mid-management or upper management, office politics is something that you will experience whether you like it or not. In 10 years of working in a corporate set up, I’ve met with people who will do whatever they can just to move up the corporate ladder. When I say whatever, I mean whatever. I saw people who’d turn on their peers and tell on them to get the favor of the big boss, others who slept their way up and others who love to take credit of the hard work of other people. The sad reality is that, some people believe that the end justify the means, so whatever it takes, no matter how many people they step on, what matters is at the end of the day, they get the promotion.
When you’re already in the mid-management and senior management level, you’ll meet people who has skewed concept of “perception management”, and that is, to dish dirt on other people, hype on other people’s weaknesses so they look better. When it comes to pressing issues, they try to sweep the dirt under the rug, all in the spirit of perception management. So wrong! The only way you build credibility and integrity is by being honest. At the end of the day, it all boils down to being able to sleep soundly at night knowing that you did not step on anyone’s toes and that you were honest in and out.
Last thing you may want to remember is that you came to work to work, and not to make friends. Never let your guard down, never trust anyone, always second guess everyone. The person you trusted most today may be the person who will tell on you tomorrow. Those are the only certainties about office politics.