Gossip, flattering boss, taking credit for others’ work common issues: Survey

Office politics negatively affect productivity, collaboration, say experts
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2012

Gossiping, spreading rumours, flattering the boss to gain favour and taking credit for others’ work are just some of the forms of office politics engaged in by more than one-half of employees, according to a survey by Robert Half.

“Left unchecked, it can be quite negative because staff spend too much time navigating the political waters, for example, trying to regain credit, trying to avoid the gossip hound or trying to correct a piece of gossip that’s been spread that is not true,” said Christine Lucy, director at Robert Half Canada in Toronto.

Four in 10 workers said they participate in office politics only when it pertains to issues affecting them directly, while 14 per cent said they do so because it’s important for them in getting ahead, found the survey of 700 workers in Canada and the United States.