Office Politics Advice

February 1st, 2013

It is difficult, if not impossible, to avoid office politics. As much as we know it doesn’t help to get involved there is something in our very nature that makes us want to be a part of this kind of social structure. However, there are ways to beat traditional office politics and be a better employee for it.

  1. Be kind and respectful. This sounds like playground advice but it is timeless and universal. Learn everyone’s name no matter what they do in the office. Learn about their lives so can have conversations with them that go beyond small talk. Most importantly, be genuine when you speak with them.
  2. Chose to like everyone. It is easy to get caught in the trap of “us” versus “them” in any group setting. There will certainly be people in your office that you get along with better than others. Don’t form cliques. Consciously chose to like a co-worker that you would never be friends with outside the office.
  3. Positive gossip. Everyone talks in the office about everyone else; this is just part of the human experience. Rather than sharing the negative information try to spread positive news. Brag about your co-worker’s accomplishments and when someone baits you with negative information turn it around on them. Compliment your coworkers and management directly if you love what they’ve done.
  4. Do the unpleasant tasks. There are some employees in the office who get stuck with the unpleasant jobs because no one else will do them. Guess what? The people who do don’t want to do it either. Consider volunteering for these types of things like cleaning out the refrigerator or cleaning the bathroom.
  5. Don’t be secretive. Be sure that everything you say to everyone in the office can be shared. Rather than talking behind someone’s back approach them and discuss the issue in the open. Being transparent will give you a reputation of being an honest and respectful person in your office and you’ll be trusted with more information.

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