3 Ways to Handle Politics at Work

It is a common misconception that office politics are a bane of corporate culture and that it’s a hindrance. As a matter of fact, office politics cannot be fully eliminated as it serves an important purpose of getting work done. Below are few tips to help you along the way.

1. Never Get Personal and Build Alliances

There will be moments when you will not agree with a colleague over certain matter and have the urge to be brutally honest about their weaknesses on the job.

Do not let yourself do so as everyone, including yourself, possesses both strengths and also weaknesses on the job. Being critical about your co-worker’s weaknesses might end up buring bridges affecting his or her motivation to work with you.

Instead, be professional and work with him or her to overcome the task calmly and objectively. You will ultimately reap the rewards of taking the higher road, and might even have your actions being recopricated with a favour if you have managed the situation well.

With that being said, we should never assume that a favour should be returned for your actions.

2. Do Not Take Sides

An important skill in office would be to always maintain impartiality even if you are lending toward another side in reality. This can come in handy during a power play, particularly between two important figures in your organisation.

In such circumstances, it’s always important to maintain focus on business objectives that have been assigned to you, while placing both parties on a common ground during discussion. By not taking a side, you are indirectly helping to direct the conflict towards a resolution or agreement, while also building your trust among both parties.

3. Focus on How Both Can be Winners

Disagreements at work often stem from conflicting interests. Instead of focussing on how to get most out of the situation, focus on how it can be beneficial for you and the person you in conflict with.

Doing so will show you are striving to seek a resolution which your co-worker can possibly agree with. The truth is nobody likes losing. However, trying to gain sole advantage in any sceneriao might turn you into a targetboard at work. Thinking of a ‘win-win’ strategy would help you build allies while allowing you to exert further influence in the office.









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