The Politics of Backstabbing John C. Student Strayer University Instructor Kenneth Elliott Principles of Organizational Behavior – BUS 105 March 7, 2010 Introduction Legitimate political behavior applies to normal everyday politics, as illegitimate political behavior applies to extreme political behavior that violates the implied rules of the game. Betrayal in an organization also known as backstabbing. It’s an act of breaking or violation of trust that creates moral and psychological conflict within a relationship among two parties (“Betrayal”, 2010).
There are many factors in this case incident that lead to illegitimate political behavior. This case incident involved Scott Rosen and his colleague, assistant manager of a financial-services company. Scott believed that he was a productive assistant manager until one day he realized that he was being backstabbed by his colleague. He’d observed strange behaviors between his colleague and his manager, also inappropriate and negative comments made by his colleague toward him. Sometimes, his manager and his colleague would have an unusual meeting behind closed doors. On other occasions, his colleague would asked a question that Mr.
Rosen wouldn’t know the answer and make an inappropriate comment in the presence of his manager, implied that Mr. Rosen was incompetent and mismanaging his job. Due to the result of such illegitimate political approach, Mr. Rosen was demoted while his colleague was promoted. Shortly after the incident, Mr. Rosen resigned with many questions unanswered (Robbins and Judge, 2007, p. 497). Warning These types of incidents are very common in the workplace as some people would use political games to move ahead. In my opinion Mr. Rosen needs to communicate with his colleague and solve this issue in a friendly ind of way, to avoid any complication in the future. Be straight forward about his concern and bring up the comments and the abnormal behavior that affecting him. During the conversation Mr. Rosen should offer his assistant if ever needed as a reminder of working as a team. Anyone should feel at peace and concentrate on doing their job without feeling like being watched or being stabbed in the back. Be sure to keep a written record, dated, time, and every event for future need. Manager If the conversation doesn’t help, do a reminder. Be very nice, don’t make this personal or criticize the view.
If there was no improvement, Mr. Rosen should take the next step by talking to his manager about his concern and ask for his manager advice to appropriately approach the issue. To avoid the negative repercussions that can come from backstabbing and other illegitimate behavior, manager should research and verify the incident. Never by pass your manager by going straight to the next level, because this can be much more complicated. Present your manager, the fact with any supportive written records you might have and pressing on the fact that this causing your job’s performance and stress, and would lead to health issues.
Backstabbers often claim to be a friend with their victims and act, as if they are hesitant about sharing negative information due to the friendship. Backstabbers aren’t our friend and we should be cautious and prepared of their existent. H. R. Dept. and the Chain of Command The next level can be accelerated to the human resource department if there is no improvement after reporting to the manager. Explain the fact that he had already taken all the necessary actions before proceeding to the H. R. Department. Again, Mr.
Rosen will need to press firmly that this dilemma is causing his job’s performance and stress that will hurt not only him individually, but this will also impact the company performance as a whole. At this point, human resource should gather any necessary information and take appropriate actions. Hopefully, this is your last stop and be prepared if this doesn’t work, then elevate to the chain of command. There is a reason to every problem, and every problem needs to be resolved. Be sure to keep a written record of all time during this dilemma, since it will be needed to go to the chain of command.
Write a complain letter with supportive documents include written records and present it to the chain of command and explain that this behavior is causing a hostile work environment. Conclusion One of the most political actions in organizations has consistently found to be promotion decisions. The opportunity for promotions or advancement encourages people to compete for limited resources and positively influence the decision’s outcome. Threatened with the loss of resources people may engage in political actions to safeguard what they have.
Certain personality traits, needs, and other factors have been found by some researcher that is likely to be related to political behavior. However, any changes, especially those that imply significant reallocation of resources within the organization are likely to stimulate conflict and increase politicking. Many researches focuses on backstabbing aimed at organizations, but most sabotage is intended to harm a colleague, and generally benefits the perpetrator. It’s not easy to identify back stabber’s motivation. Backstabbers are jealous and generally insecure in themselves.
They are very cruel and enjoy hurting others. It is never justifiable to partake in backstabbing or any other illegitimate political behavior as soon, or later they’ll be caught and suffer the consequences. References Robbins, S. P. & Judge, T. A. (2007). Organizational Behavior. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Factors contributing to Political Behavior. (2008, August). Retrieved March 07, 2010, from http://www. citeman. com/3729-factors-contributing-to-political-behavior/ Wikipedia. (2010). Betrayal. Retrieved March 07, 2010, from http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Backstabbing ———————– 6