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How to Deal With Office Politics

How to Deal With Office Politics

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Like it or not, office politics exists almost everywhere andthere is no way you can run from it. Office politics can be found at all ranks, from theentry level positions to the managerial posts and it is better to deal with it rather thantrying to avoid it. In some organizations, office politics is just harmless gossiping, whilein others it is a blood sport often leading to biased promotions and unfair jobterminations. While your performance in the work place is essential for success, there isno doubt that office politics have a significant effect on your career success. Someemployees enjoy office politics and actively participate to gain advantages and oftenhinder other employees’ success, but most of the people prefer to avoid it altogether. Nodoubt, office politics is a messy quagmire which better be avoided at all costs, however this is easier said than done.
Reasons behind office politics
While there is no specific reason why people engage in nasty office politics, the basicmotivation is the advantages that most people get to reap by playing well at office politics. These motives are to:
Gain power or leverage over others
Get promotion that you do not quite deserve
Gain competitive edge over your coworkers
Avail other unethical benefits such as gifts, bonuses, and reducing workload bydumping it on others
Surviving office politics
It is almost impossible to avoid office politics and most of the time people get involvedwithout ever knowing what they are getting into. Since getting involved is not a viableoption, you have to learn a few tricks so that you can survive office politics without
getting too involved. Here are some fool proof tricks that can not only help you insurviving office politics, but also be effective in advancing your career the right way.
Stay positive
Try to remain positive and calm under all situations. This way your boss will identify youas a dependable person and it will reduce the chance of your falling into the gossipingcategory. While dealing with office politics is to do best to help others. If you sincerelyhelp someone, you neutralize the feelings of animosity that anyone might have towardsyou and establishes your position as a team player.
Build relationships
It is very important to have healthy relationship with your coworkers as it takes both timeand effort. If you have good relationship with your colleagues, they will be aware thatyou are honest and sincere with them so they will be comfortable when you mingle withthem. This will make you more likeable at the workplace and reduce the chances of you being the target of office politics.
Avoid gossip
It is very easy to get caught up in gossip at workplace, which can be fatal for your career.Gossiping is not only a hue waste of time, it can also lead to problems in the workplace.Every word you say can spread through the office like a jungle fire, often with creativeadditions from every person who narrates what you said. Sooner or later you commentsare bound to reach the person whom you were originally talking about. This will result inalienating a coworker and often creating an enemy at work.
Work hard
You should keep in mind that your work will speak for itself, so while the others are busy bragging about them and showing off their work, make sure that you are putting in actualeffort in your work. However, keep in mind that being invisible is also not an option. So,work hard and make your efforts known, but refrain from blowing your own horn toomuch.
Communicate well
The way you speak and talk to your coworkers goes a long way as far as office politics isconcerned. You have to learn to compliment rather than criticize bluntly. If you have aconstructive comment you need to give, make sure that you start the conversation with acompliment. Start by saying what you considered was outstanding about it, then statewhat in your opinion can be improved. There is hardly any room to be offended when theconversation starts with a compliment and it improves your relationship with thecoworkers.

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