Office Politics: Use these sample phrases to craft meaningful performance evaluations, drive change and motivate your workforce.
Office Politics is a tool that assesses the operational capacity to balance diverse views of the interested parties of the human interactions that involve power and authority.
Office Politics: Exceeds Expectations Phrases
- Refrains from making bad comments about a colleague or one's company in front of people who will use this to their benefit
- Focuses on doing own work instead of worrying about what other employees are thinking or gossiping about
- Avoids topics that make co-workers and managers think about the sensitive office issues in order to save oneself from gossip
- Watches and listens to others when there seems to be a conflict in the office in order to determine what issues makes them to react
- Stays informed in order to avoid being embroiled in an office scandal, becoming an office outcast or offending someone
- Refrains from making bad comments about one's job in the workplace in order to avoid giving people fodder for gossip
- Avoids topics about colleagues' behaviors, weaknesses, habits, and appearances as much as possible and focuses on those that build the company
- Makes friends with people who don't gossip, those one can trust, and who keep a positive attitude at work
- Avoids seeking revenge or bad-mouthing when wronged by a colleague
- Avoids actions that invite criticism such as being antisocial or choosing obvious sides in a dispute
Office Politics: Meets Expectations Phrases
- Reads between the lines when a colleague gives instructions or when one's boss makes an announcement in order to avoid making mistakes
- Stays productive and committed to own tasks in order to be less available for fruitless discussions
- Keeps one's topics and tone professional and work-related when dealing with other employees
- Makes sure that everyone knows that backstabbing, rumors, gossiping and undermining others will not be tolerated in group meetings, when one is leading a group
- Constantly reminds colleagues that how they interact with other members of the team will reflect in their performance reviews
- Treats everyone in a professional manner and encourages other members of the team to respect each other
- Determines which employees play office politics and stays away from them except when one has legitimate business to discuss
- Walks away when a work-related discussion turns into scheming or rumors
- Stays on top of own work so that no one will have a reason to question one's motivation or work product
- Thinks about what one wants to say, and tries as much as possible, to say it in a diplomatic and calm way
Office Politics: Needs Improvement Phrases
- Tries to impress other employees by backstabbing or talking about others even when one that is not one's nature
- Criticizes others if one finds their politics and gossip unprofessional and disruptive
- Allows oneself to be baited into an emotional reaction, which often results in overreaction or bad-mouthing other people
- Makes plans with team members, acts really excited, but backs off at the last possible minute
- Is a bad communicator; fails to deliver important information across thus causes a lot of problems with co-workers and customers
- Pretends to know everything about everyone and seems to be best of friends with everyone, but always brings the latest gossip
- Undermines others by always pretending to do everything better than everyone else
- Spreads rumors and gossip carelessly and without minding hurting other employees in order to be the center of attention
- Engages in a heated email battle with a colleague instead of simply talking to them in person or on phone
- Starts an argument with a colleague who calmly asks one to stop bad mouthing others
Office Politics: Self Evaluation Questions
- Describe a time when office politics affected a project you were working on. What happened? How did you go about it?
- How would you deal with a colleague who comes to you with the latest gossip about your manager?
- Are there times you have considered being a part of gossip in order to know what is happening in the company? If yes, was the information helpful?
- How would you respond to a colleague who sends you a provocative email? Is there a time when this has happened to you?
- What have you done to stay away from office drama and politics?
- What would you do if colleagues in a group you are in stop discussing productive topics and start discussing others?
- How would you rate your ability to work with others?
- Is there a time when a colleague pushed you to start a fight? If yes, what was the problem? How was it resolved?
- Describe a time when everyone was talking behind your back about a mistake you had made. How did you handle it?
- What are some of the things you have done to remain focused at work and avoid office politics?