Office Politics in the Philippines A Fresh Look at an Age-Old Game
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Office Politics in the Philippines: A Fresh Look at an Age-Old Game

May 25, 2023, 6:57 AM
Rochelle Pinili

Rochelle Pinili


Hey there, yes you! I bet you've heard about office politics, right? Maybe you've even been involved in some office scuffle or two? Let's face it, office politics isn't something new. It's been around since the invention of the office itself. But here's the twist: in the Philippines, a new chapter is unfolding. It's time to see office politics in a whole new light.

Office politics, for many years, was something we'd all wish to avoid, like traffic on a Monday morning or a burnt cup of coffee. It was seen as something bad, damaging even. I mean, who wants to deal with backbiting, gossip, and power struggles, right?

However, there's been a shift. Nowadays, office politics is beginning to shed its old, tarnished image. It's becoming less about who can shout the loudest and more about who listens the most. Less about personal gain and more about mutual success. It's a brave new world, friends.

So, how does one survive this game? One word: Understanding. See, office politics isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, a Harvard Business Review study says that folks who understand the ins and outs of office politics and use it wisely, do better in their careers1.

Here's a secret: It's not about underhanded tactics. It's about understanding your team, the dynamics, and the culture of your workplace. It's about ensuring everyone feels heard and valued. It's about playing nice, playing fair.

And let's not forget about the bosses. Remember when bosses were seen as the 'bad guys'? Not anymore. Modern Filipino leaders are flipping the script. They are moving from 'my way or the highway' to 'let's do this together'. And guess what? It's changing the face of office politics for the better.

In a study by the Asian Institute of Management, it was found that when bosses involve their teams in decision-making, there's a positive impact on job satisfaction2. Happy team equals a productive team, right?

So, what's the future looking like? Bright, if you ask me. As we step into this new era, office politics in the Philippines is being seen as something positive, a tool that brings teams closer, smoothes communication, and leads to better success.

So, brace yourself for a workplace where politics doesn't divide, but unites; doesn't create rivalry, but fosters mutual respect and cooperation.

Change can be scary, but it's also exciting. The evolution of office politics in the Philippines is proof of that. It's time we embrace this change and see it for what it truly is - a chance for us to grow, to better ourselves, and to create a work environment that we can all be proud of.

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