office politics

"Office politics" is the things that people do to gain power and influence at work. It includes things like:

  • sucking up to your boss (saying nice things to make the boss like you)
  • being helpful to some coworkers but not to others
  • making sure to introduce ideas to some people before others

Most people say that they don't participate in office politics, but many of them do.

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