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8 tips for navigating office politics Logo aicpa

  Cheryl Meyer |   Free |   AICPA |   11 Jul 2016 |   CPA Insider

This column offers strategies for evading political gaffes at work and for dealing with situations that often cannot be avoided.

Topics covered:
  • Management accounting: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Management accounting: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Management accounting: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • Employee benefit plan auditing: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Employee benefit plan auditing: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Employee benefit plan auditing: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • Governmental auditing: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Governmental auditing: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Governmental auditing: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • Financial accounting & reporting: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Financial accounting & reporting: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Financial accounting & reporting: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • Assurance: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Assurance: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Assurance: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • Not-for-profit: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Not-for-profit: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Not-for-profit: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • IT management & assurance: People: Influence, Foundational
  • IT management & assurance: People: Communication, Foundational
  • IT management & assurance: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • Firm practice management: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Firm practice management: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Firm practice management: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • Tax: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Tax: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Tax: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • Forensic & valuation services: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Forensic & valuation services: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Forensic & valuation services: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • Fair value measurement: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Fair value measurement: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Fair value measurement: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational
  • Personal financial planning: People: Influence, Foundational
  • Personal financial planning: People: Communication, Foundational
  • Personal financial planning: People: Collaboration & partnering, Foundational

3 Comments/Reflections

Mark Clenshaw

Mark Clenshaw Apr 2019

An interesting article and really gave me a new perspective on office politics.  The fact that the article talks of it being a type of sport and how it can be a positive thing to help your career.  My perceptions of politics had always been a negative thing and not anything I had been interested in.

I will definitely think more about the going to lunch, talking to peers and Management in a slightly different light.  My nature had been to do a lot of these things without it being a specific tactic.

The gossip portion is interesting too and the email advice, it is too easy to get into these type of situations when you shouldn't

All in all a good article.
Jaykishin Kataria

Jaykishin Kataria Dec 2017

An article which provides sound points to manage your way around office politics swiftly. It gave a good roadmap as to how to avoid the common pitfalls when emotions get the best of you and provides guidance on how to move your career ahead by managing relationships.
Tendai Nyakurimwa

Tendai Nyakurimwa Aug 2016

This article is informative. It challenges the status quo. For some time it has been thought that its entirely good to stay away from organisational politics. This way, it was believed that one will be able to safeguard his/her job.

What I have learnt here is to create relationships with workmates and know what they are working on. This is vital because those that get promoted are those that build relationships. It is also important to know important stakeholders, those people that matter in the organisation. One should know their interest, what they want so that you avoid going against them. These people will support you in times of need. I have also picked vital points on the use of emails. These tend to stay longer and once they are sent you loose control of who next  gets that email. It becomes from difficult to defend it once something goes wrong.

I have personally seen this in my career where some people were promoted because of their connections and their relationships with the people who matter in the organisation.

I plan to use this article to increase my chances of being promoted. I aim to grow my connections, making it a point to come out of any function with a connection. Since its quite an exciting article I plan to send it to my colleagues so that they also learn how to handle organisational politics