Politics are everywhere

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.


4 responses to “Politics are everywhere

  1. I agree that looking at statistics and planning is a good way to guide decision-making. People love qualitative data. When groups come to a compromise, at least one group is bound to lose something. But when groups collaborate, everyone wins; no group has to give something up. You suggested that you would try to make a compromise, which is understandable. Ideally, you would probably try to collaborate, but in the business world, collaboration between managers and stakeholders can be nearly impossible to reach due to divergent political ideologies and diverse opinions. Therefore, I think it is reasonable to attempt to find the best possible compromise. It’s easy for us to sit back and talk about what we might do in an organization, but like you said, so much thought and consideration go into these types of decisions.


  2. To reiterate what Taylor said, I think using statistics to support one side of an argument is a great idea. In our world today, with the amount of data that is constantly being collected, it would be a shame to not put the data to good use. It is essential to have proof before a company goes forward with a big decision, and I think showing upper management a statistical analysis is a great start to solve any problem.


  3. ” 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.”

    Very consequentialist of you!

    I also think there is a difference between how political perspective affects issues directly relating to firm activity versus ones that matter to people but are not directly germane.

    At the same time, society at times outpaces laws. If it is 1950 Virginia, and you run a restaurant, and you think segregation is wrong, do you wait for the laws to change/ if you are a company and you think same sex couple benefits is right, do you wait for the law to change?


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