Understanding the games office people play and how to stop them
by Jim Pawlak
August 21, 2009
People play workplace games for two reasons: 1. They believe that win-win won’t help them climb the ladder. 2. In the hope of keeping their heads off the downsizing chopping block, they try to make themselves look better than their colleagues.
Time spent playing games like “Gotcha” (pointing out the mistakes of others) and “Blame” (you made mistakes and point the finger of failure at a scapegoat) keep you from doing what you’re paid for — your job.
Games do their damage beneath the surface, too. When a “watch your back” culture begins to thrive, collaboration, creativity, change, learning and innovation plummet. “Risk” becomes a four-letter word. Workplace gamesmanship verifies the reality of the “Dilbert” mentality.