SME’s “no politics policy” was a farce
I was recently employed and working in an SME.
During my interview- the CEO of the company very proudly told me that the company has a very strict policy on work place politics. If anyone were to be involved in any form of politics they will be immediately terminated. I was so naive to believe him. (I later found out that MOST SME would say the same thing)
During my 1st week of work, i have seen way too many politics happening right in front of me without the CEO knowledge. Everyone just gossips about every smallest issue they see/hear. Colleagues split into different team to talk about one another. Rumors flying everywhere. Sensitive and “small & evil hearted” employees talking behind each other’s back all the time.
Everyone behaves like they are one big family when the CEO is around and start their gossips and nasty behavior the second he leaves the office. (Btw they would sub consciously remind each other to be kind- to not be nasty- etc) *erm? Hypocrite?
I don’t like my current job scope. We are super short handed and most employee had to work till 12mid night at least 2 or 3 days a week. (NO O.T allowance btw)
Imagine that amount of work load + people around you gossips 24/7 + SME & (super underpaid)
As a new staff, i’m trying to blend in at the same time you don’t know what/when they would start gossiping and asking you personal questions and then attack you behind your back at their convenience. (Their eyes are on their laptop doing work but their mouths just starts babbling about others automatically)
It’s really taxing on me. I feel like i am holding 7 different titles in the company and super underpaid.
Anyone willing to share how you handle high workload? Boss that always says “your job is very easy, it’s simple. and if you have to do work after office hours, it would just show how incompetent you are at your job” (most staff had to OT till 12mn and then schedule their emails to be sent the next morning) *cause staffs who had to overtime are not competent as per the CEO.
How do you avoid politics at work when it’s happening every single day around you?
Should i just start joining in and wait for my termination letter? ???? would it affect my next job? (My work contract has 2 years bond)
I still want to try harder and pick up as much skills as possible (since i had to do so many adhoc work. I do travel planner, driver, HR, admin, operations support, sales support, payroll, accounting, finance, customer service support, security, I.T support, P.A to 5 managers. butler services, translator, courier service, report analysis, facilities and maintenance assistant, tax filing and more.
I’m exhausted. “I’m only 2 months old” in the company and it felt like 2 years ???? – just because i do so many things and the newest- people always come to me for the smallest thing that can be solved *if they are not lazy.
Genuine advise pleaseee ????????
I’m really lost, tired and confused.
Editor’s note: Office politics is part and parcel of the workforce, you just have to deal with it.