Office politics happens when employees try to get something that’s beyond their control by tarnishing their colleagues’ reputation. Workplace politics can indeed damage your business. Studies suggest that employees who are involved in office politics spend less time paying attention to the work that they’ve been hired to do. Most people who play office politics tend to misuse their powers in order to gain the attention of the attention of the management (or their superiors). Understanding office politics can help you prevent an impending decline in productivity. This article highlights some of the key reasons why people engage in workplace politics.