Politics Necessary to Advance Career, Survey Finds

More than half (56 percent) of workers interviewed in a new Robert Half survey said involvement in office politics is somewhat necessary to get ahead.

The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on phone interviews with more than 400 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.

“There is some degree of politics at play in virtually every organization,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. “The savviest professionals practice workplace diplomacy. They remain attuned to political undercurrents but don’t allow themselves to get pulled into situations that could compromise their working relationships or reputation.”
For more survey findings and tips on navigating office politics, view a press release by clicking here.