How to Survive Office Politics

Selriel By Selriel, 26th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Politics in workplace is something you can't avoid in huge or even in small companies. And developing political competence is not a choice but mere a neccessity.

Below are some points on how to manipulate and play politics without selling your soul.

Prevention better than cure

Set a good start. Play positive politics, although you boss or co workers may get you, it is fine to avoid being back stabbed.Here are few positive techniques you may use:
1. Deliberate kindness to you co worker. You may use their help sometime.
2. Be nice to all. There is no need to show disagreement unless it is a do or die situation.
3. Give respect to you higher-ups, they may defend you when you need it.
4. If you perform tasks that aren't in your job description and let everyone knows you performed the task. Do not let your boss take the credits.
Keep your Radar out
Give time to understand your working environment. Playing positive is not enough. There will always a person that want you to look bad. And there might be someone who want to steal the promotion you are raving for. How would you know who is your rival.
1. If someone is always opposing your suggestions and ideas.
2. He is easily annoyed, rolling his eyes and doesn't pay attention when you are speaking.
3. When speaking personally to sabotager, he is eager to cut the conversation short.

Keep your Radar out

Give time to understand your working environment. Playing positive is not enough. There will always a person that want you to look bad. And there might be someone who want to steal the promotion you are raving for. How would you know who is your rival.
1. If someone is always opposing your suggestions and ideas.
2. He is easily annoyed, rolling his eyes and doesn't pay attention when you are speaking.
3. When speaking personally to sabotager, he is eager to cut the conversation short.

When being back stabbed

When you are being back stabbed despite of playing positve and keeping your radar out, you may want to confront your sabotager.
1. Seek for others symphaty, ask everyone's opinion. "I'm afraid Arlene is annoyed with me. Do you noticed? Anything you think I should do?"

2. When someone is rolling his eyes on you, make a strong response. You may use humor for that. " Rona, I notice ideas putting you to sleep. Did you party last night? Or do you have a brighter ideas,. Care to share?"

3. Confront the backstabber. You may say, " I noticed you are annoyed with me, do we have problems? Or if annoyance is obvious, "You are holding a grudge against me, do you want to share or I'll talk to the boss."

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Office, Office Politics, Office Tips, Office Worker, Work Politics

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author avatar Selriel
An accountant who is fond of writing poems.
I love being a writer, it gives us the opportunity to tell stories, to create a character, to design a situation and be God of our own writing.

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