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?

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