Work politics…

Not the Dem/GOP variety. I mean the palace intrigue kind. There’s way too much of it. And I mean in general…it’s deeply embedded in every institution that I visit, at least here in the States.

This type of politics represents  a real challenge because it distracts us from why we are really here. Essentially it eats productivity. It creates a constant need for workers to keep a weather eye out for political threats increasing cognitive load while decreasing the brain power that might be used for creativity, invention, problem-solving and other useful tasks.

Business schools should work towards some solutions to this problem. And so should organizational psychologists.

In the meantime, I head off to my Alma Mater for reunion tomorrow. I expect to find more of the same there, but perhaps will be happily surprised.