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Top 7 Secrets to Handle Office Politics Without All The Drama

7) Know The Players

Understand who stirs the pot. Find out the drama originators. It may not necessarily be the boss. Drama instigators in the office have little to do with rank and more to do with a person’s interpersonal relationships. Even if they are a lower rank than you, these instigators can make your job difficult if you don’t get a handle on them. Communicate with them privately. If information circulates via email, find out the sender. Reply the sender alone.  Relate with the bigwigs personally. Touch base with the players. Get a hold of potential office drama situations before they get a hold of you.

6) Respect Everyone

Respect is reciprocal. Treat everyone in your office the same way you would like to be treated. Starting from the security at the gate, to the janitor, all the way to the big boss in the corner office. Treat everyone, regardless of their rank with the same respect that you would expect from others. Try not to be exclusive in your office relationships. Remember that everyone is worth talking to. By listening to them you can set the precedent that you are fair and uninterested in office politics.

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5) Be Transparent & Consistent

Nothing diffuses office drama quicker than transparency and consistency.  This is especially important if you’re in a managerial role. Whether you are giving a review or evaluating ideas, go about it with total transparency. Ensure everyone’s ideas or reviews are subjected to the same level of scrutiny. This will diffuse any talk of favoritism in the office. If people know that you are fair and have nothing to hide, they’ll be less likely to start any drama associated with you.

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4) Understand Sensitive Topics

There are trigger topics that stir up drama when they are mentioned in the work place. Be aware of these topics and consciously keep them out of your vocabulary. Such topics may include politics or sensitive/private topics like topics about sex or sexual concerns. Try to avoid these topics in the workplace or around colleagues if possible.  If they are brought up by others, politely excuse yourself from the discussion before it becomes heated.

3) Gossips are great…to avoid!

This may seem a little obvious but as many know it’s a lot harder than it seems. It’s very easy for a polite discussion about a colleague to turn into gossip with no effort at all. A great gauge is if you can’t say what you have to say in front of the person being discussed then you should not say it behind their back either. If you would not enjoy someone else saying the same things about you, avoid the topic all together. A key to successfully navigating gossip in the office is know when and how to politely say “No” to gossip.  For more tips, check out  Top 7 ways to politely say “No”.

2) Stay In Your Lane

You can defeat enemies with success. Stay focused on your work. Work hard and make your targets. What you focus on expands. Focus on improving on your job instead of office drama. Disregard and ignore side talk; don’t get petty. Keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t complain about your job. Rather focus on the positive. Success permeates to the top; it won’t be long before the complainers and whiners will start emulating you. Discover more from the  Top 7 Secret Habits Of Extremely Confident Business People.

1) …And Never Forget Who Signs Your Paychecks

At the end of the day, for the most part, you work to get paid. Avoid any office politics that will affect your job security or your bosses’ perception of you. Managers want productive offices that are free of drama. Ensure that your focus is on your professional advancement and not on the distraction of office drama.

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