The Game of Office Politics

Whether you detest it, be in awe of it, follow it or shun it, office politics is a reality of life in any organisation. And, like it or not, it's something that you need to comprehend to be sure of your own success.



Oh, man, this office politics is killing me. People spend so much time plotting to get ahead, while making the rest of us - who in fact do the work - look bad. It’s depressing. Why can’t the work speak for itself?” says Rohan Mehra, a young professional from Gurugram. 


Office politics are the smart strategies that people use to get benefit, personally or for a cause they hold up. The phrase often has a depressing overtone - it denotes to strategies people use to hunt for advantage at the cost of others. Against this background, it repeatedly unfavourably shams the working environment.

On the other hand, good office politics, help you reasonably promote yourself and your grounds, and is more frequently called networking.



Conceivably, owing to the unconstructive implication, many people see office politics as something very much to be avoided. But the truth is, to make sure your own success and that of your projects; you must find the way to the battleground of office politics. If you deny the 'bad politics' that may be going on around you, and avoid dealing with them, you may unnecessarily suffer while others take unjust advantage. And if you avoid practising good politics, you miss the opportunities to properly further your own interests, and those of your team and your cause.



The Solution

The easiest way to keep away from problems with politics is to get along with people. I'm not saying you need to hug everyone and sing songs with them but you can be fun and professional, while at the same time being self-confident when required.

If you have a concern, concentrate only on the problem, and not on the person. If you have to turn down a request, make clear why and try to come up with alternative solvents. Nothing destroys the dynamics of an office more than gossip. Stay away from it, because nothing good comes from it.


The Tricky Situation

Suppose your colleagues start complaining about the boss. If you join in, it makes you look unfaithful to the boss and if you don't, it looks bunglesome in the group. What to do? As with the state of gossip, try shifting the topic by connecting the boss to a different topic, then talking about that topic in its place. Or you could simply react to your colleague with a smile and a tongue-in-cheek, "Oh, come on, aren't we exaggerating? He/she really isn't that bad." Be on the safe side. Hehe!

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