Hate it, love it but you can't ignore it. This stands true regarding office politics. If we try to understand the word, it is a mere conflict of interest which happens everywhere. Office politics is a tussle of power that takes place at the workplace. From shrewd co-workers, sycophantic employees to biased managers, you will have to face one or all of them at your workplace. Many of us dread going to office either due to their colleagues or manager. If you allow the toxic work culture to overpower you, then it can be quite stressful. It is a complicated situation and you have to be tricky in managing it. We'll tell you how you can deal with all the negative forces at your workplace.
Networking is must
You have to be friendly with your colleagues. Even if you dislike them, don't show it on their faces. Make friends, sit over a cup of coffee so that you do feel involved. However, don't be part of any group and be neutral in your opinions. Try to build a good rapport with powerful employees. That's important and we don't need to tell you why.
Observe the atmosphere
The first thing which you should do is to observe the work culture and your team. You have to understand what your co-workers are trying to achieve. Get a clear idea of your friends and foes so that you can safeguard your interests.
Grab the moment to shine
If you are surrounded by cleverer co-workers who are very good at snatching credits, then make sure you never retaliate. This can backfire. Document all your work and let your work speak. This is the correct way to showcase your talent. Always show your achievements to your seniors and take an extra effort to be in good books of your managers
Maintain a distance from sycophants
Stay polite and kind to everyone but never let anyone dominate you. Speak whenever you think it is important. It is necessary to have a good equation with those who indulge in office politics but at the same time, it is also important to maintain a safe distance. Think twice before saying something in front of them. Also, try to understand the moto behind their actions.
Mind your own behaviour
We often don't analyse our behaviour at the workplace. Professional conduct is important. Don't spread rumours, gossips and most importantly avoid being judgemental. We know it's a bit tough but that has to be done. Even your slightest of action can be used against you. And last but not the least, be assertive in your opinions, not aggressive.
And finally, always have a smile on your face, it's contagious!
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