All workplace environments have distractions diverting employees’ attention and diminishing productivity. Some of these distractions are simply a part of the human condition, our physical, intellectual, and social needs for diversionary activity. Others, however, are induced by workplace structures, policies, and employees (executives, managers, supervisors, and individual contributors) including through the abusive exercise of business politics.
Business politics vary in their impact on employee productivity. The exercise of power in a coercive or intentionally disrespectful and demeaning way creates a hostile work environment driving employees to spend significant non-productive time worrying about and avoiding these situations and people.
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