Office Politics – How To Handle It!

No Matter Where You Go…

In every office I’ve ever worked in, heard about from friends and family, and watched on tv, there’s always office politics. It’s just the way it seems to go! You get a bunch of people in a room for 40 hours a week, and there’s bound to be gossiping, stresses, cliques, and backstabbing.

If you ask me, we should have left that sh** behind when we left high school, but it’s not always that simple. People get mad about things, and things get blown out of proportion.

Obviously, people care about their jobs and they want to get along with others, for the most part. I think it’s just human nature that when people spend a lot of time together, these things happen. For most of the day you’re in close quarters with a varied group of people who all often have very different opinions about things. It’s not really surprising that stuff goes down!

So How Do I Deal With It?

This totally depends on you. However, in my opinion, I think it’s best to try to remain as neutral as possible. Everyone has their good and bad qualities, and I certainly don’t want to rule people out because others say certain things about them.

It can be really difficult, but try not to engage in the gossiping as much as possible. Listen to people and empathise, but don’t make judgements. Often we have no idea what people are going through behind closed doors, and it’s not always black and white.

Concentrate first and foremost on your job and doing it to the best of your ability. Taking control of the situation by keeping your head down and working really hard. It can be the best step to take. After all, that’s the reason you are there!

Try not to worry too much and take things personally! At the end of the day, you all go home to your completely separate lives, and do your own thing. Don’t take that stress home with you. It’ll just make you feel worse. Thinking positively and spending your free time doing the things you want to do is more important!

What Do I Do If Someone Is Being Bullied?

If something is happening in your workplace, either to yourself, or someone else, then don’t be afraid to take action. No-one deserves to be bullied at work; it’s not acceptable and it shouldn’t be ignored.

It can be really draining and exhausting to have someone constantly on your back, and as long as it’s not the general, expected level of pressure in a role, then it shouldn’t be happening.

If you know you have a supervisor or a manager that you can talk to, do it as soon as possible. They might just give you some advice on how to deal with it, or they may take the other person to one side and speak to them about the way they are behaving.

It can be resolved, and usually, by getting things out in the open, things will get better. By being mature and sensible about it, you avoid causing further problems. The person causing the hassle might not even be aware that their attitude is making someone else feel that way, and they’ll never know unless someone tells them.

Do’s 

  • remain as neutral as possible
  • try to avoid the gossip!
  • concentrate on your job
  • keep positive and upbeat
  • report it to someone responsible if it becomes bullying

Don’ts 

  • pick sides
  • get involved with the gossip
  • ignore your responsibility to do your work
  • let it bother you outside of your work day hours
  • pretend like nothing’s happening or can be done if someone is being bullied

 

I hope these tips will help you if you’re struggling with workplace politics. If you have any more tips on how to deal with it, please comment in the box below 🙂

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Laura Jacques

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