Office politics – Learn to live with it!

Politics at work place is not uncommon. Be it Microsoft or a small coffee shop around the corner, office politics will always be an integral part of your daily work- life. For a fresher, office politics may come as a surprise villain crushing him/her down. Like an alien in a sci-fi movie destroying the world with all its might and we humans run helter-skelter not knowing how to attack them back; until the hero steps in and finds a way out!

Office politics is just that, it is invincible. In real life there won’t be any hero to root this evil out because it’s simply not possible. Okay, if you are wondering “why not?!” here, let me explain.

We all are different, our personalities, our characters, our traits, our tastes, our habits, our likes and dislikes everything differs from one another. At home, we grow up seeing these differences and get used to it. The different traits of your mom, dad, brother, sister become normal as we grow up with it.

Once in a restaurant I overheard this lady saying “Oh, please don’t mind, he is being cranky the whole day” pointing to her little boy. In this case the mother knows her son’s attitude and she is okay with it.

But in an office we have no idea on what’s going on in each of our colleague’s minds. They might be going through emotional distress or rough patches or they might have had just as bad day as anyone else. Therefore, the way they react to simple things might be so abnormal or obnoxious. Some can be harsh or get angry just by seeing you. Some like to pick up fights for nothing and there are those that are short tempered. Few of them think they know everything and few others might bossy.

It is these differences that lead to office politics. If you have noticed, there will be numerous teams within an organization. Members are like-minded. You will get an entry pass only if you are the bird of the same feathers. Believe it or not you subconsciously will hold membership to one of the teams. Teams compete. You will have rivals and so starts dirty politics.

I was a victim of office politics once. I remember that day being so terrible I wished to run away into some deep forest. I was torn apart and did not want to see anyone. I hated everybody! Well, deep forest is one thing. That’s how I felt that day. However, I had to finish off the day at work and move on to the company accommodation. While sitting under the tree in the housing-compound brooding about my bad day I couldn’t help but notice one of our house maids sobbing just behind the kitchen. I walked towards her and asked her what went wrong. As if my day was any better! She finally gathered courage and told me about her evil supervisor and the way she was treated at work. Few of her colleagues that didn’t like her were best friends with the supervisor. I burst out laughing spontaneously. I could see her perplexed face through my tears. I controlled my laughter and apologized for my reaction. I found comfort as I wasn’t alone traveling that path. I explained how bad my day had been so far and that it is common and that’s the way it is; whether we like it or not. Eventually we both continued in our respective jobs. Few months back though she quit and found another job elsewhere. Life goes on…

Is your boss a Scorpio?

Most of us don’t believe in horoscope or zodiacs but regardless of what we believe there is something disturbingly true about their characteristic predictions.

How to deal with a Scorpio boss? This is the question asked by some of the exhausted employees working under a boss who is a ‘Scorpio’!

True to their nature Scorpios are terrible bosses. They are neither satisfied nor appreciate your good work whole heartedly. Scorpios are very suspicious and verily they have their eyes and ears wide open to grab you red-handed. They like to do little police work on each of their employees. To worsen it all they do not trust anyone. Be very careful while you talk or behave with a Scorpio boss because your every uncalculated move grabs his/her attention. Do not talk too much and do not gossip. It might back bite you.

They are extremely jealous! If you manage to reach their inner circle you better work your ass off to be there. A slightest clue of your deviation from his/her thoughts will land you in a biggest trouble you could ever imagine. Be that dog that keeps swaging his tail by its handler. Submit your wish and dream to be his/her favorite. He/she will tell you what to dream!

Scorpios are very possessive. Either you are in his/her team or you are with the enemy! I remember George Bush’s statement in a news conference with regard to attacking Iraq. Let’s hope America is not a Scorpio! (lol). If your boss is a Scorpio you have no choice but to be his subject and obey him/her.

Scorpios are highly secretive. You will never know their next move. They might be friendly with you and at the same time they might be digging your grave. They gather enough information against you before attacking that will leave you paralyzed! Key to success would be to be careful, talk less but talk prudently and be watchful if you feel you are the target. They seldom discuss about their next business schedules or meetings or travel dates. They like to keep you in dark by giving you wrong date/time if you are not the concerned party. They do not want you to ruin their plans in any manner. They are exceptionally unpredictable.

They can be easily hurt by negative comments or treatment. If your ‘boss’ is a Scorpio then you better treat him like a ‘boss’. They are also manipulative. In other words, they love to dominate. They will watch your every move and will have a say in it. Scorpios are all over you in work. They are awfully narrow-minded and not flexible at all. Its either their way or the highway! They might scare you or use their power to take you in control. Do not flatter him/her too much and do not try to overtake him.

Scorpios love to know your secrets. To do this they can go to any extremes, like talk to your gate-keeper, driver, cook, your friend or even the newspaper agent in your area. Scorpios hide their emotions and put up a sweet face for you giving you no clue of what evil might happen to you next.

They are unbelievably revengeful and unforgiving. Like if you had torn a page of his/her book while you both were in standard one, the Scorpio might tear apart your life when you both start taking jobs. They seek revenge until they die. If you are light hearted, better hide!

To conclude, if you ARE a Scorpio boss then you know what I am talking about and if you HAVE a Scorpio boss you know exactly what I am talking about 😉