No matter how large or small your workplace, regardless of how many people you work with and at what level, office politics can be the drain down which innovation, creativity and self confidence descends.
It seems that studies have shown that 18% of people’s time is spent resolving conflicts amongst employees……I suspect it’s much more when you add in the gossiping, ego trips and competitive negativity that drains energy and resources.
I found some good tips on deltatoolbox.wordpress.com that you might find handy too:
1. Stay positive!
Positivity is like a magnet for even more positivity – be it people or opportunities. Smile in the face of chaos!
2. Choose your words wisely
Negative remarks will be remembered for much longer than positive ones
3. Listen well
You’ll only gain more knowledge as a result
4. Don’t sling mud!
As the title of this blog suggests, be the better person!
5. Don’t burn bridges
Trample on the people who have helped you climb the corporate ladder at your peril!
6. Networking is key
This includes within your organisation but don’t forget that there’s a big wide world out there.
7. Salute the general
Showing respect for the boss’s position and authority demonstrates your professionalism
8. Stay on top of your game
Update old skills and learn new ones constantly to maintain your value in the workplace.
9. Display grace under pressure
In my view, certain situations require an expressive response but on the whole, maintaining your ‘professional face’ and letting things go will probably help your sanity too.
10. Avoid the office gossip,
If someone is talking about another person behind their back, chances are they’ll be doing the same about you.
Above all, recognise office politics for what it is – insecurities, egos and status battles. Be the better person and rise above it – hold true to your values and play the long game of achieving what it is that you want most to succeed at………….though if you knew what I know about the person standing at the photocopier right now………. 😉