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Campaign Trail: Navigating Office Politics

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Are office politics helping or harming your career? How you handle sensitive workplace situations can make or break your professional image whether you work for a major accounting firm or small business. Find out what other accounting and finance professionals have to say.

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Campaign Trail: Navigating Office Politics

  1. 1. © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. CAMPAIGN TRAIL: OFFICE POLITICS
  2. 2. POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT 80% of employees believe office politics exist in their workplace © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Source: Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment
  3. 3. Gossiping or spreading rumors 46% Gaining favor by flattering the boss 28% 17% Taking credit for others’ work RUMOR HAS IT ... The three most common office politics activities:* *Responses represent 799 employees who cited office politics in their workplace. Top three responses shown. © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Source: Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment
  4. 4. © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Source: Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment CAMPAIGNING ON THE JOB Effect of involvement in office politics on one’s career: (Don’t know: 10%) Very necessary to get ahead 28% 14% Not at all necessary to get ahead Somewhat necessary to get ahead 48%
  5. 5. © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Source: Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment OCCASIONAL VOTER OR ACTIVE CAMPAIGNER? Employees’ level of office politics involvement: (Don’t know: 2%) 43% A NEUTRAL PARTY: I stay completely out of the fray OCCASIONAL VOTER: I get involved when issues are important to me 39% ACTIVE CAMPAIGNER: I have to play the game to get ahead 16%
  6. 6. © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. ABOUT ACCOUNTEMPS: roberthalf.com/accountemps/office-politics Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. For advice on dealing with office politics, download our free guide, How to Navigate Office Politics: Your Guide to Getting Ahead:

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