How to deal with office politics

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Politics is defined :

— noun ( used with a singular or plural verb )

the science or art of political government.

the practice or profession of conducting political affairs.

political affairs: The advocated reforms have become embroiled in politics.

political methods or maneuvers: We could not approve of his politics in winning passage of the bill.

political principles or opinions: We avoided discussion of religion and politics. His politics are his own affair.

use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of power or control, as in business, university, etc.

( initial capital letter, italics ) a treatise (4th century b.c.) by Aristotle, dealing with the structure, organization, and administration of the state, especially the city-state as known in ancient Greece.

Office politics is when instead of doing your job and your tasks well, you make sure that your colleague’s work is not valued and you undermine the work of others.

I have been guilty of office politics when my colleague’s efforts are appreciated and my efforts are not acknowledged.

How do you deal with office politics.

  1. Don’t encourage politics in office by encouraging people to talk bad about anyone else in their team.
  2. The colleague who uses office politics will do so in future so put them on your list.
  3. Let your productivity speak for you. Worst case scenario, always avoid a caustic atmosphere where office poltics is present.


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