Avoid Office Politics

Rise Above the Negativity of Office Politics  
Some will argue that office politics is an essential part of the workplace, while others feel its presence is destructive to the company culture and can have negative effects on morale. If you’re part of the ladder, here are some ways to prevent office drama from damaging your career and possible your personal life as well.
Communicate with Your Boss – If there are things that you aren’t happy with at work or would like to see changed, have a conversation with the person that can help to possibly change them. Don’t complain and bad mouth your company to your co-workers. If management gets wind of the negative talk, it could have unfavorable consequences for your career. You could also be the source of bringing down the morale of your entire team.
Stay Informed – Knowing what is going on in the office can help you decipher the office gossip. It’s easy to get sucked into rumors when you can’t distinguish fact from fiction however, when you know what you are hearing is false, it’s easier to ignore.
Identify Toxic Coworkers – As soon as you start a new job and begin forming work relationships, it’s important to know who the office gossips are and try and keep your distance. These people tend to talk poorly about most people in the office and they will do the same to you if they feel threatened by you. While they may seem to want to help you in the beginning, they usually have ulterior motives for their relationships and THEIR best interest always comes first.
Always Think Long Term – If you become the target of an office gossip or a coworker wrongs you in some way, try to take the high road and don’t get sucked into retaliation. While this is often a difficulty thing to do, you will look like the bigger person and the drama will stop with you. If you’re looking to advance your career within your company, it’s best to keep your name away from the office drama.

Office politics can become a cancer in an otherwise wonderful work environment. The best way you can reduce the impact it has on your professional life, is to walk away. Ignore the gossip, don’t get involved in cliques and focus on the job that you are hired to do.

Copyright : Andriy Popov