Managing Office Politics

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Where there is group interaction and power, there is politics and the workplace is no exemption. And just like any other politics, this one has only one cause, the desire for more power.
Although there is no way for a person to avoid this, you can still survive the situation. Practice the following tips and you will find yourself impossible to get drifted by the current of political waters.
Be a person of virtue
The best way to make your colleagues show kindness is to set an example. Be gracious and respectful and show that you know what office etiquette is.
Never stoop to their level
No matter how vicious office politics could get, be fair. Don’t take it personally. Deal with the issue, not with the individual.
Treat all your officemates equally
Never make your subordinates or colleagues feel that you have favorites. Always make it clear that everyone is important in the development of the company.
Stay out of the problem
A gossip exists because people talk about things that they should not care about. Now, don’t add fuel to the fire by paying attention to the gossip mongers. Remember, nobody talks if nobody listens.
Don’t start a grudge match
As the saying goes, to err is human, to forgive is divine. People commit mistakes and you cannot change that. Retaliating will only make matters worse. So if you have been wronged, all you have to do is to forgive and move on.


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