Office politics. How it Contaminates the Nomination of High-Potential Employees
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By Morgan International Staff Writers
Human Research practitioners and academic researchers are so obsessed with who will be the next rising star or the next influential leader that they are overlooking the efforts of high-potential employees. Scientific theories and robotic tools are now being used to determine the future effectiveness of organisations, while in reality, honest organisational practices are falling apart due to office politics.
Office politics cannot be avoided because it’s a fact of life, says executive coach Bonnie Marcus. In fact, it is one of the most powerful activities that takes place in organisations, and can contaminates the nomination of high-potential employees.
There are several political factors that contribute to the rise of office politics. Because of these factors, organisations fail to identify the right employees for promotion or even develop their skills for leadership roles.
Let’s examine four of these factors:
- Are You among The Favourites?
The politics of favouritism is a widespread practice in most organisations and can have a significant impact on the nomination of high-potential employees. If you are not among the favourites, it is most likely that, despite your talents and efforts you will be overlooked for upcoming promotions.
- Old vs Young
Many organisations prefer to promote or reward older employees because of their years of experience. But, the politics of ageism can also result in older employees being ignored, while younger high-profile employees are pushed to the forefront simply because they maybe more internet savvy. Furthermore, the internet of things is now creating young managers and leaders with less working experience.
- Male vs Female
It has been a constant trend for high-potential female employees to be bypassed for leadership roles. This is because in the eyes of male, women are not good leaders but rather great shoppers! Moreover, they believe that women cannot lead strategically. So, what is happening? Experience females are quitting their executive positions to start their own businesses, simply because their contributions are being underrated by the politics of gender.
- What’s in It for Me?
It is human tendency to be interested in their own affairs rather than the affairs of others. So, with the politics of self-interest, those in authority of identifying high-profile employees that are worthy of a promotion, usually think about the “what’s in it for me?’ question before making their decisions. Furthermore, some managers or leaders who think about their own self-interest, do not want to know that someone else is in the spotlight and they are left behind.
Whether positive or negative office politics exists and will not fade away. Furthermore, genuine organisational policies are now being pushed aside while decisions are being made based on office politics.
Finally, this article emphasized that the politics of favouritism, ageism, gender, and self-interest contaminate the nomination of high-profile employees who are fit for leadership roles.
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