Do you hate office politics at your work? Lots of people hate the competitive or gossipy feeling in their office, but sadly sometimes office politics are unavoidable. They can help you to move forward within your career and form relationships with your co-workers, and you can end up feeling left on the sidelines.
Check out 4 ways you can make office politics work for you.
1. Learn everything you can about your work
How does your work measure success? Who are the most influential people in your office? What style of management does your work use? This useful information will help you to gain the right skills to navigate your way through office politics without making any awkward mistakes.
2. Know when to fight and when to fly
Sometimes you will encounter conflict in office politics. This is totally fine – the real art is knowing when to stick up for yourself and when you should back down. You don’t want to make enemies, so weigh up the pros and cons of getting involved. Ask yourself these questions; will you irritate someone? How influential is that person? Would it benefit you to get involved, or could it create negative reactions?
3. Take notes from both the people who are best and the worst at playing the game
Some people are terrible at office politics and some people are great at playing the game. Take notes from the people who play the game for their own gain, but also watch the people who get involved to stave away boredom. This will teach you what to do and what not to do.
4. Help others when you have the time
Many think the best way to play office politics is to help the most influential people and ignore the least influential. This is actually more likely to damage your plan; your boss will notice if you only help him out, and the less influential people could get a promotion at any point. Instead help anyone who needs it if you have free time; this way the majority of the office will like you (and also owe you a favor!)