ORGANIZATIONAL POLITICS IN THE WORKPLACE
Organizational Politics in the Workplace
Organizations around the world rely heavily on management and leadership to advance
the firm to be successful.
Gopher Resource is a leader for environmental solutions nationwide.
The company’s purpose is to safely and efficiently recycle lead batteries used in North America
using industry, advanced technology, and sustainable practices.
Lead-acid batteries are the
world’s most recycled product, with a rate of 99% in North American alone (
spent automotive batteries arrive at the facility; then, the components are separated.
is cleaned and recycled into new material.
The acid is recovered from the separation process and
used in water treatment (Gaston, 2019). The lead is dried and melted, then refined to produce
Once refined and alloyed to customer specifications, lead is cast into one-ton blocks
or 60-pound ingots.
The lead is then shipped to manufacturing facilities to create new batteries
and other useful products.
Employees work day to day in a sweltering atmosphere, 12 hours per day, wearing
respirators; it is hard to keep quality employees, and Gopher Resource faces high employee
turnover (Gaston, 2019).
Gopher Resource also has a lengthy history of organizational politics.
The “you stab your back, I’ll stab yours” atmosphere has been present for a long time, and it is
easy for all levels of employees to see.
Employees do not know who they can trust, and the
overall feeling of dysfunction disrupts overall effectiveness. With engagement tied directly to
employee turnover and job satisfaction, the company has significant room for improvement.