How To Handle Office Politics
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up
being governed by your inferiors," said the great Greek philosopher Plato. One
may call it the art of diplomacy, buttering, backbiting, earning brownie points
etc. But if you want to survive and excel in this highly competitive and complex
corporate world, you can't ignore office politics. However, it's an indisputable
truth that office politics is in other words a sacrifice of self esteem and many
argues that people involved in this contribute very little to the organization.
But there are some simple ways to deal with it to remain unhurt.
1. Be a team player: Being a good team player is attained at the point of
realization that the company and the team come before you. Outperforming in a
team project lifts your morale, which obviously increases your chances of being
promoted. Personal attitude matters a lot here. Not everyone in the team can be
your good friends, never a possibility. What counts is your professional
maturity of not voicing your difference against another while at work.
2. Be a good observer: There is no excuse if you miss to observe what is
happening around you and how things are done in your organization. Observation
means involvement too, rather an indirect participation. Here you should try to
find out what are the values of the company and how are they enacted? What is
the process of decision making? What is the risk tolerance level? You will get
an accurate idea about the culture of your organization by finding out the
answers for the above questions and thus you can design your style of work in
3. Be a good communicator: Communication doesn't only mean that you talk and
develop a good rapport with everyone around you. Rather, it's how you let
everyone know what you have achieved in a con vincible manner. But at the same
time, a fallacy of exaggerating your success or taking undeserved credit for
your role in teamwork will land you to neck-deep office politics. A good
communicator creates friends and a makes even enemies talk good about him - he
is the master of diplomacy.
4. Respect all: Respecting your subordinates is as important as your superiors.
While you shower your boss with countless salaams and behave with people working
under you or co-workers in an autocratic manner with the wrong notion of
positional hierarchy, you can never expect respect from anyone. In the heavily
complex professional and personal relationship web in an organization, you never
know to whom someone might be connected.
5. Manage your own behavior: You got to be calm and cool at times of tensions.
Refrain from gossiping, questionable judgments and spreading rumors. Grow beyond
interpersonal conflicts. You should never compromise on your integrity.
Professionalism and work ethics should be the basis of your actions. Above all,
you should be extremely careful when revealing things to others - never blindly
rely on confidentiality.