Playing Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul

Harvard Business

To borrow from the political scientist, Harold Laswell , office politics can be understood as the unwritten rules that determine who gets what, when, and how — a promotion, a budget for a project, a say in the boss’s decisions — and who doesn’t. Unsurprisingly, research shows that when employees perceive their workplace as more political, they are less engaged, less productive, and more likely to quit. Politics is a dirty word.