Why are politics more common in the office than in any other workplace?

Why is there politics in the office as compared to other occupations like skilled trades or drivers or even unskilled factory work? Arent skilled trades workers doing the heavier, more dangerous jobs? Why are office workers more stressed out and why is there more "office politics"? Don't they just sit down and do light jobs and work in cleaner workplaces? Why?

Asked By: CL - 1/3/2007
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That's news to me.
Answered By: Reva P - 1/3/2007
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Lot's of offices don't have "politics", and lots of "other workplaces" do. The reality is that most work gets done in offices, so there are bound to be more offices with politics than anything else.
Answered By: scottFL007 - 1/3/2007
If you're doing manual labor, you're boss' boss is unlikely there very often. And, you're not sitting there in staff meetings, with phone calls, and e-mail to kiss up through... More
Answered By: ty - 1/3/2007
They only seem more common. The office has more capacity for it. It is difficult to politic while working a machine for instance. A trucky is usually alone. The office usually has the boss (and useless relatives) working in a quiet area. The office will always have the crawling ambitious backstabber who must justify... More
Answered By: hoboturkey - 1/3/2007
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