Politics plays a huge role in people’s lives. It affects people in all different ways. Growing up I thought politics only included the president, congress, House of Representatives, etc. However, as I got older I quickly found out there is more than just “government” politics. Politics take place in towns, sports, schools and other places of this nature. In addition to these places, politics is evident in the workplace. Management is dealing with politics between the different people in the workplace and it can create a very interesting environment. People have different political views and values and when decisions are being made they come out.
If I was a manager and encountered a stakeholder who has a strong opinion on an issue that opposes someone in the company I would try and make a compromise, but I realize that this can be very difficult depending on the situation. For example, there can be stakeholders who are very green and want the environment to be the number one priority while management may not see it that way. In order to try and solve this solution I would have to come up with statistics and plans that show the benefits for both sides.
Trying to deal with problems in the workplace is something that every company has to deal with. When thousands of dollars are on the line and people are making tough decisions not everyone is going to get exactly what they want. Finding compromise is one of the most difficult things to do in any situation, but it is even harder in the workplace. I can only imagine how much thought and consideration is taken into account when companies are trying to make decisions at a high level. They have to answer to so many different people with so many different ideologies, which is something that requires a lot of responsibility.