Office Politics? Don’t Get Involved!Posted: 19th of March 2015 by
Gossip, back-biting, cliques, and rumours are all parts of office politics. In fact, they were also part of life in the classroom, going right back to primary school! It seems that some people don’t change all that much by the time they start work and still love to engage in gossiping and talking about others behind their backs. These people may also like to form little gangs of friends in the office – and you are either in or out. It is all a part of being human perhaps, but it seems that ‘office politics’ exists at many work-places, whether they are traditional offices or not!
However, it is best not to get involved. Don’t be tempted to feed into the rumours and gossip and stay friendly but don’t get pulled into taking sides – it’s not what you are at work for. Office politics can be a dangerous game to get involved in, when your employer sees you as being at work for one reason only – to do your job.
It is possible to stay friendly and be popular with your colleagues without getting embroiled in the machinations of the office coven. Stay slightly aloof but not unfriendly with any groups or cliques who seem to have formed at your workplace, and instead concentrate on your job.
It is true that nepotism still exists in some workplaces, but if you are diligent and just concentrate on doing your job to the best of your ability each day, you can’t go wrong. Put your focus into what you are doing and just do your job each day without being distracted. Sure, take a moment to have a chat with your friends at work, it all helps the day go past and builds morale. But don’t confuse your work for the playground at your old school.
You are there to work, and anything that impacts on that in a negative way will soon be frowned upon. Forming cliques undermines the unity of a workplace and can harm productivity. As you can imagine, this is not a good thing for your employer, and so they may feel the need to take action! This is all without mentioning the possibility of people complaining about your behaviour or even finding yourself on a warning - or worse.
Some people may see office politics as harmless ‘banter,’ and just another way to help pass the working day. However, if you can, it is best to avoid getting involved. Find a more positive way to make friends at work, stay classy, work hard, and keep your reputation intact – it’ll be better for your career in the long run.
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