If you have joined your new office recently and you have already started feeling the negative vibes around you then don’t worry. If you have been doing this job for a while now and you have started realizing that you have been a victim of office politics for a number of times then don’t worry. Here are few habits that you should develop to come out clean and even stronger from the dirty, but trivial office politics.
There is no office in the world where employees only work with dedication. Some of them are dedicated to doing other things which might be harmful to those employees who only want to focus on work. The differences in opinion, requirement, and expectation are few of the reasons of office politics. Well, there is no need to spend your time in office with stress as here are few tips that will help you to deal with dirty games that people play around you and against you.
1) You always have a choice:
Every situation gives you at least two choices, either you can fight against it or you can leave it. Most of the employees choose to fight as it is the basic instinct for survival. If you want to triumph the office politics then you should be taking action based on not only your instincts but also your nature. If you don’t like it then ignore it and if you think that you can fight back then wait until someone is ready to stand by your point. However, if you want a good career growth then you need to choose to go along with your best interest.
2) Think about the outcome:
You should train your mind to think about every possible result of your actions. Whether you choose to escape or you choose to get in the game. You need to think that where your action will put you. You should have your firm opinion about it instead of disliking or hating opinions and positions of others. You need to take your decision by discussing what is best for the business. If your decision brings result in favor of your organization then you will surely be appreciated sooner or later. This kind of approach also helps you to build your image in your company and in no longer time period, you will be awarded to take bigger responsibilities.
“In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.” –Winston Churchill
3) Keep your circle of influence influenced:
There will be plenty of things to complain about. There are many things in your office that you just cannot control. Whether you like it or not, you have to accept it. But complaining and bitching cannot take you much further as you soon realize that they are useless and the waste of time. Well, instead of these useless things, you should try to focus on how you can have a positive influence on the situation. If you are feeling helpless when you need to do this. This will not give you complete control over the situation, but it is one of the best reactions that you can have. This will also be appreciated by your boss.
4) Avoid taking sides:
When you have to choose between taking sides of two opinions given by your two different superiors, the best thing to do is not to choose or to choose both. When they are trying to prove their point to each other, you should focus on getting the job done. Your business objectives are your rescue in such situations.
5) Go for the win-win:
After all, these are your colleagues and you are not there to defeat them, but you are there to win. Instead of sidelining them, take them with you. Show them how your interest is also their interest. You should try to understand them and give them a clear understanding of what you are trying to achieve is good for them too. If you are already in some kind of conflict then the best way to end it as soon as possible is to find a win-win outcome. You take a step back first and give chance to others to do the same. There has to be a common ground where you both can come to one conclusion and if you have initiated then you also gain the respect of your rivals. It is a noble way to end things in the office.