Is playing Office Politics the only real way to get ahead these days?

United States
January 20, 2010 6:36pm CST
First of all I have to say, I really hate the idea of having had to play "Office Politics" in the past to land that advancement or promotion, but I have none the less been at time forced to. I know I'm not the only out there who has been in that situation in their careers. So here's question, Is it really who you know in getting a promotion, or is it still true that you can work hard, perfect your craft and be rewarded? I know I have been just as qualified, had longer tenure, and more actual experience than my peers in the past and still been passed up for promotion in favor of someone who is the current "Golden Boy" of who ever my manager was. It's not like I have never recognized for achievement in the workplace, but I don't like to play the game of kissing the butt of the right people to get ahead. So what do you think, and has any of these happened to you in the past?
2 responses
@DenverLC (1146)
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
Well,the Said fact maybe sad, but it really exist sometimes. However, to play it is not the only way for anyone to step up on the advance ladder. This Office or corporate politics is both practice either in public or private work environment. It is part of the professional journey, but in effect it is an unprofessional way. We can not only get what we want by being involved in games of trickery for advancement at others expense. Time will come, that the best will shine up and the easy go lucky players will surely take their voluntary bow for reason of ignorance. Just keep doing what is best, keep aiming high and stay proud to your achievements.
@DenverLC (1146)
• Philippines
26 Jan 10
Thanks for selecting my answer as your best response, I appreciate it. Take good care.
• United States
21 Jan 10
well you know i dont work so playing office politics i dont do and hope not too have to do at all,but i know on this some people do those things just to get their boss to like them more then anyone else.I know alot of people hurt that stuff,when someone does things like that.