Office Politics and its effects on
organizational growth.. Is office politics Killing your
Office politics is
something which an employer cannot identify easily, because a group
of people will speak the same language and the same words from
different mount will be acceptable to the employer also. But it will
affect the organization dangerously and stop the organizational
A Real Story
Mr. Kumar was an intelligent and
honest Personal Secretary who sometimes gives small suggestions to
his boss. But his boss had much better vision and was not impressed
with his all these qualities. Once his boss said "Mr. Kumar you are
a very smart secretary, but I don't want smart people". This is the
story of Year 1999-2000.
And now the
organization grown in a shorter period and the story twisted in this
According to the growth of the
organization, number of employees increased and few old employees
became more powerful. Interaction of junior employees with top level
management reduced and the senior employees started handing the
role. It caused development of office politics and now it spread as
personal and regional politics. Many inefficient employees got their
undue promotion, financial growth, personal favour etc and many
efficient employees were sacked from the organization. Good time
started for "Yes Masters" and qualified and intelligent people run
away from the organization.
Effects of office
Growth of the
organization vanished and downward growth started. The organization
lost at least 60% of business and now it is like a "sinking ship".
Even in this position the political leaders in the organization are
able to convince the management by blaming market trend as the
reason for slows down the growth.
Still there are many
organizations in the market which are successfully providing
similar, but, quality services and expanding their business to many
Reason for failure
- Top level management blankly
believed in the opinion of few employees who are representing
different office political groups.
- Work environment is
humiliating. E.g. PHDs are reporting to Post Graduates. This is
de-motivating the employees.
- There is no promotion
strategy. Employees are continuing in the same designation for
the last many years.
- Every Manager has a
political group and no employee can survive without cooperating
- Students studied in the
organization are being given job in the same organization. It is
a technique to show placement record with high pay package. But
this is the biggest reason for damaging reputation of the
organization. E.g. Fresh MBAs of the same organization become
faculty for the same course just after completion of the course.
This is the biggest mistake one can do in a Business school.
Because MBA is not about studying theories, but abount sharing
experience also. What experience a person without experience can
- The organization is
concentrating their business only in one area. Diversification
is necessary for the success of any business.
- In efficient campus heads
and their team who do not have guts to express their opinion
- Advertisement of the
organization is limited in comparison to the competitors.
- Office politics lead the
organization to corruption and favoritism. e.g. When one of the
oldest employees, after successfully completing many important
assignments, went for the appraisal interview. He was shocked to
see that few members of the interview team not even asked any
question and marked him as an average employee. At the same time
a six month experienced secretary of the interview team member
got highest mark. The reason was, two of the interview panel
members were heads of different political group and they had to
promote their liquor party friend.
- Organisation is spending
money in non-effective areas. E.g. the amount spending for staff
training is of no use, because of the big groups and their
influence in decision making.
- Experienced and loyal
employees left the organization and outsiders are not willing to
join in key posts.
Some of the above said
reasons may be affecting your organization growth also. The Remedies
Identify people involved in
office politics and give them compulsory retirement.
Avoid appointing own
students in key positions like teaching.
Restructure the organization
by promoting experienced and qualified people.
Design proper advertisement
Avoid wastage of ineffective
training related expenses
Recruit highly qualified
employees for teaching position
Spend for effective
Diversify business areas
The management should not
blindly believe on senior employees who have the power to damage