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We all Face Office Politics at some point in our careers. We agree, or we don’t, but it does exist in the system. Office politics is something that comes our way invariably; no matter which position you hold. Every problem has a solution; I bring you the solutions to deal with it. Why it is important to deal with office politics? the answer is simple; it shouldn’t hamper your growth, work-life balance, or peace of mind.
Well, is there a way? How do you think? There is some magic mantra to deal with Office politics. Let’s go ahead and discover if there is any magic key to solve office politics.
Okay, what is the first thing you think you should know when you get into an organization?
How Political your Workplace is?
There is hardly a way to know about politics at your workplace before joining the organization. It would help if you stepped into your office first and with the time you spend, you’ll experience/encounter office politics. It is difficult to claim existing politics when the environment is very new, or you’ve just joined. It would help if you observed all around right, so spend your time observing the office environment.
Sometimes with the pressure of being a new joinee, it is possible that the existing colleagues may not gel immediately with you, and you may make wrong judgments. There are high chances for the failure of your first impression of others on day one. Give yourself and others time! Before coming to any conclusion. Gradually with time, you will understand how much your work is affected by office politics. Analyze the work ethics, the criteria for your workplace functions.
Analyze the Organization Chart
Analyze your organization’s chart to know which person is up in the hierarchy and what kind of people are they or what is their relationship with their seniors? What is the relationship with their juniors? How your colleagues or your co-mates gel with your seniors or other associates? What is it that is going on around? Answers to all of this can come only through observation and analyzing the organizational chart.
Everything won’t be overtly visible to you at first but with time try to find your place in the organization. Most importantly focus on your work, everything else is secondary.
Understand the Informal Network
If you must survive office politics, word of caution!!! There is no way out. You will have to understand the existing informal Network. Make sure any informal network doesn’t hamper your work or your performance. Use your interpersonal skills to bond with your teammates. Keep a positive approach. While doing so, you directly eliminate the chances of being part in any office politics. Always say what you mean and reflect the same with your actions.
We can’t deny the fact that your relationship with your colleagues also plays a particularly important role in your growth in your organization. For example, your colleague is aware of the efforts you put in to achieve your goals, the amount of hard work you put into pulling that assignment will always pick you up in his/her team.
Always reflect your passion in your work; this is the only way to avoid being part of any politics and grow positively. Understanding the informal Network will make you aware of what you need to talk to which person so that whatever you speak is not kind manipulated and carried forward in the wrong spirit.
Building connections works a lot. This real kind describes the corporate sector the best. They say “keep your friends close and your enemies even closer” well that is true. This works like your success mantra in office politics. Being prepared with upcoming questions or responsibility make you feel less pressured.
Always a better way to deal with office politics is having appropriate connections with your teammates so the work atmosphere is a lot more positive and you can focus on your work easily. Do not forget to look for warning signs. Well, all of this makes it sound as if you’ve not entered the office to work or only to observe but being mindful of your environment helps you mentally.
STOP PLAYING START WORKING
I am sure there must be some reason for you to read this article. I understand office politics is not healthy and affects the work environment. It affects your productivity and damages you mentally. The game-changer for this Politics is nothing but your work Performance. Prove yourself time and again with your performance. Gradually office politics, underestimating colleagues lose their space with the confidence you bring to the table. Be conscious about the environment but don’t let it affect you. Increase your productivity focus to grow rest all is secondary.
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