Office politics originate from the power dynamics in an organization as people look to get ahead socially, financially, and positionally. Business News Daily lists the following examples of Negative and Positive Office Politics:

  • Backstabbing a colleague
  • Blackmailing a colleague
  • Forming malicious alliances against other colleagues
  • Gossiping or spreading rumors about others
  • Intentionally withholding important information
  • Volunteering
  • Presenting a professional image
  • Complimenting and recognizing others