How To Deal With Workplace Politics

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How To Deal With Workplace Politics
How To Deal With Workplace Politics
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Vishakha Rawal

Vishakha Rawal

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HIGHLIGHTS

  1. It is important to grow with the growth of the company.
  2. Simple measures to handle difficult people and difficult situations.

Workplace politics is a real thing. It is frustrating when you do all the hard work and you never get that appreciation you deserve or never get recognized.

There are people who use others as a ladder to climb the stairs of success. It gets disturbing when you are unable to deal with such political environment or the people who run such politics. Everybody longs for being in the good books of his/her boss which is why it is important to learn how to deal with workplace politics.

A healthy office environment always aids in the progress of the company and the employees.

However, if there are some issues ruining the environment, it is better to know how to deal with them!

1) Choose friends wisely at work

Normally it is not recommended to have best friends from work. I do know people getting along well with each other at work and are best of friends for real but that’s hardly a scenario.

You never know what intentions and personal goals an individual holds. Which is why it is important to analyze people well at your workplace before diving into the friendship pool.

2) Stay away from the Gossip “Kings” or “Queens”

This one is the most important point. Stay away from all the gossips in the office. Human nature is quite vulnerable and you might say something that can be used against you in future.

It is important to keep your opinions and feelings to yourself instead of blurting them out unnecessary. If you have a problem with somebody or something, find someone reliable and trustworthy who could actually help you without creating a gossip out of it.

3) Never involve in the “let’s take down the boss” sessions

You never know when your friends can turn into enemies at work. It is possible that one day you are having fun taking down on your boss and the other day the same person is standing against you revealing everything you ever said to the boss.

Keep in mind your boss is smart and he might have his little detective in your group.

4) Daily keep track of your work

This is important not only for the sake of sending a “daily status report” but also to keep track of every single thing you are doing for the company.

This way, nobody will able to point out towards you for anything related to work and you’ll get recognized for all the contributions to the company from your end.

5) Never disclose your big ideas for the company casually with your colleagues

Many times it happens that you have this really great idea that can prove best for the company, you discuss with your colleagues and someone from them presents the same idea as his own to the boss.

You don’t really want that, do you? So, it is always better to discuss such things in a meeting room so that you get an appreciation for your involvement in the company.

6) Ignore the difficult people whenever possible

Ignore the people and the politics happening in the workplace and just focus on your work. You are what you do! Work hard and honestly with full dedication and you’ll never have to impress your boss with other tactics.

7) Address the office political issues to the correct authority

If there’s something bothering you and you are at a stage where you just can’t ignore that, it’s better to take a stand for yourself. Talk to the higher authority about the problem and I’m sure you’ll be out from the mess.

A healthy environment is healthy you. Never let workplace politics affect your professional and personal life. It is always about how smartly you can tackle the problems.

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