All workplaces have office politics

Recruitment firms sometimes massage the truth a bit when they write job ads. This one for a Commercial Temps Consultant says of the hiring company:

……they provide a supportive, encouraging environment, no office politics and a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Bullsheeeeit! There are always office politics. Even in the most relaxed and informal companies there will be power struggles, jockeying for position, petty jealousies and arguments over status and control.

I think it was Malcolm McLaren who once said that politics is more than three people in a room. That’s a pretty good rule-of-thumb in most organisations. 

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