Campaign Trail: Office Politics

By Robert Half June 29, 2016 at 3:47pm

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: OFFICE POLITICS

POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT

RUMOR HAS IT …

80% of employees believe office politics exist in their workplace

The three most common office politics activities:*

46% Gossiping or spreading rumors
28% Gaining favor by flattering the boss
17% Taking credit for others’ work

CAMPAIGNING ON THE JOB

Effect of involvement in office politics on one’s career:

28% Very necessary to get ahead
48% Somewhat necessary to get ahead
14% Not at all necessary to get ahead
10% Don’t know

OCCASIONAL VOTER OR ACTIVE CAMPAIGNER?

Employees’ level of office politics involvement:

39% OCCASIONAL VOTER:
I get involved when issues are important to me
43% A NEUTRAL PARTY:
I stay completely out of the fray
16% ACTIVE CAMPAIGNER:
I have to play the game to get ahead
2% Don’t know

Source: Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment

*Responses represent 799 employees who cited office politics in their workplace. Top three responses shown.

© 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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