Still Not Convinced?
If we look at the HBR Blog post, experts Hill and Lineback say, “Unless you reach out, engage others, and create active, ongoing relationships — relationships you sustain even when there's no immediate problem — you will lack the ability to exercise influence beyond your group. And even in your own world, your influence will be limited. If you've ever worked for a boss who lacked any organizational clout or credibility, you know how frustrating that is.”
These statements are so true when it comes to not only work, but how your behavior at work flows to your life outside of work. It really all boils down to relationships and how you build them, at work or at play.
Sure, one could argue there are those who made it to the top by avoiding OPs at every turn, but again, turn that card over and you’ll find most of these successful folks were the ones who originally set the standards for office politicking.
I’m not saying you need to suck up to your coworkers and schmooze the boss each and every day. What I am saying is avoiding OPs only because you stand behind your principles may be detrimental to your career and the advancement you dream about.
What’s your take? Do you avoid OPs like the plague, and, if so, has it hurt or helped you? What about those of you who participate in OPs as best you can—is it worth it? Drop me a comment—let’s discuss it!