Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The worst part about working has to be office politics.
I don't mind heavy workload and issues at work as much as I mind office politics.
What is office politics? Wikipedia has it as "the use of one's individual or assigned power within an employing organization for the purpose of obtaining advantages beyond one's legitimate authority."
I think office politics is about individuals navigating around within the organisation, getting things done the way they want. It is very much about "me, me and me".
Office politics is annoying and more importantly, frustrating.
But it is a little different if you read about it rather than experience it.
Perhaps that is why this particular Chinese novel is so popular in China. (So popular, the writer wrote 2 sequels for it.) The story has also been made into a TV series and a movie.
The name of the novel is "The Story of Du La La's Promotion". It is my latest read. I'm currently at Book #2 and I must say... I've quite enjoyed Book #1 - I can quite identify with the protagonist's (Du La La) experience, especially because of my 3 years stint in China.
If you are read Chinese, do consider picking up this book. It gives an interesting insight to working in a foreign firm in China.