Posted November 11, 2019 06:53:46 When we talk about workplace politics, we typically mean what we think is important: jobs, the economy, and political parties.
What we’re not talking about are the social media effects.
The social media landscape has fundamentally altered the nature of work, as workers have increasingly become mobile and able to reach out to each other across the globe.
“In a world where we have a digital world, we’re no longer constrained by the geography of our place of work,” said Adam Kuczmark, CEO of digital consulting firm Kuczbacki and an expert on digital work.
“We have all sorts of tools available to us to be connected in ways we never would have thought possible.”
In the past, workplace politics was more about what would be good for the company and the people who work for it.
“Today, we have more options to engage with people around the world,” Kucza said.
This shift has made workplace politics a lot more complicated.
In the US, workplace democracy has shifted from a closed shop system to a system of shared office space, where all workers are part of a collective.
In many of the most tech-driven industries, there is an expectation that workers can speak freely about their experiences, regardless of how many people are present at their workplace.
“There is a real tension between being open and being transparent,” Kanczmark said.
“The more open you are, the more you’re seen as the enemy, the less you’re able to engage in the kind of direct engagement that’s needed to have real change in the workplace.”
In a world of shared space, social media means workers are not only free to share their ideas, but they are also able to connect and collaborate across borders.
And even if they are on the same page on a particular topic, they can still work together to achieve a common goal.
This means that in the face of social media-driven politics, there are still some fundamental differences between workplace politics and traditional workplace politics.
Workplace politics is about what you’re willing to do for a job, not about what’s right for your company, Kuczi says.
“When we talk of workplace politics today, we are really talking about whether you’re interested in doing a job or whether you want to be employed,” he said.
In traditional workplace, there were hierarchies of roles and responsibilities.
In a workplace with a shared space like a café, the boss and a few other employees might be considered superiors, while the manager and the few other people who manage the coffee shop might be called sergeants.
“It’s a hierarchy of people,” Kautz said.
That hierarchy means there is more power at the top of the hierarchy.
If you’re not working at a coffee shop, for example, you don’t have much power over what the other people are working on.
Instead, you have a few people who are senior in the hierarchy, who are responsible for keeping the company running smoothly, Kautze said.
And at the bottom of the hierarchical structure is the workers who are called sergants, who run the café.
When a sergeant starts a coffee-shop business, she or he takes the leadership position, Kancza said, and he or she often has a say in what goes on in the café, but ultimately, he or her is the boss.
In workplaces with shared offices, there’s less of a hierarchy.
“You’re much more involved,” Kauzmark explained.
“Your boss has less of an authority.
If they do something wrong, you’re there to report it.
But at the same time, if they do a good job, you feel like you’re getting a fair shake.”
The same is true in the context of social-media politics.
There are also some differences between what is right for a company and what is good for its employees.
If a company is looking to build a business, for instance, its employees will work more closely with the boss, Kauszmark says.
If the boss wants to hire people to work for him, it’s not necessarily the case that the workers at the café are more likely to be loyal to the boss than the workers in the office.
“This can have very negative effects on a company’s ability to build the company,” Kauszi said.
A common example of this would be the company hiring an ex-partner to work as a consultant.
It’s not clear whether the boss has a clear understanding of how these types of relationships work, or whether the consultant has a desire to use the boss to get more money.
The CEO may feel the need to recruit a consultant in order to help him build the business, Kauzi said, but the consultant may not be in the same position as the boss at the company.
In this case, the consultant’s