How to Better Handle Office Politics
As much as we would like to guarantee a workplace devoid of the kind of office politics that can threaten your success, in all good conscience we can’t. Leaders, teams, and employees need to know how to better handle office politics when the need arises.
Even the best work environments will at some time experience the toxicity that comes with office politics in its various forms – favoritism, gossip, secrecy, underhandedness. What you need is a strategy to manage office politics when it rears its ugly head so your success is not undermined by it.
A 5-Step Strategy to Better Handle Office Politics
If the situation is short-lived, stay the course but try to learn from it so you can avoid it the next time. If the problem is likely to continue, i.e., a toxic boss, you may need to plan an exit.
So you need to disengage from the way you feel and adopt an objective attitude from which you can operate and learn.
A good way to start would be to simply state the facts and ask what your trusted advisor might do in a similar situation.
Your hard work in spite of the “troubles” will not go unnoticed.
The Bottom Line
Office politics is inevitable. Might it threaten your success? Especially as a new manager, have a proven strategy to deal with it effectively. You need to better handle office politics.
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