Workplace politics is something we will find everywhere, at present scenario, even a small family members face politics at home for one and another reasons, so when it comes to any working place where multiple people are engaged, this dirty politics would be obvious and inevitable.
Most of the people tend to ignore and avoid because we don’t want to be trapped, initially early in my career, I used to think that I don’t want to be part of this dirt so I just used to focus on my work and least bothered about what’s happening around but over time, I realized that only focusing on work will not help you to get your desirable position and you will end up quitting your job because of circumvention, One more thing I learnt that the Boss needs all kind of employees e.g. – Gossipers, flatterers, ever-ready etc. The reason behind this is the Boss thinks from all aspects and with large visions with respect to his/her own benefits so what we think doesn’t matter.
Now the point is how to play smart with these sycophants and lickspittle co- workers without tarnishing your reputation, here are some tips:
Observe: Initially you should be bystander and just watch who is playing and how? This is how you can be aware about the atmosphere and working patterns of different people, do not react immediately on any incident, first you have to learn the rules then you can play the game.
Choose your people wisely: It’s not possible to to win alone, of course you need someone to share a positive bond, Now identify your well-wishers & backstabbers and treat them accordingly that will help you a lot to climb a success ladder. Specially beware of exploitative.
Communicate with your boss: At any stage, if you find difficulties in any situation, talk to your boss upfront rather than gossiping with others about your problems because people often exaggerate the things and situations, Moreover, if you find something fishing, address it immediately before it gets worst.
Presence of mind: The most important thing is how aware are you about the current scenario of the company, staying away from tittle-tattle is good practice but it is also essential to have presence of mind and be aware about everything happing around you, it gives you strength to deal with the situation more powerfully and well in advance.
Set few standards of your work style and build positive environment which actually helps you to be more productive in work instead of dealing with toxic people.