imageWhether you work in a Fortune 500 company or from an office in your parents backyard, this simple statement applies:


Some good, some bad and some mind boggling crazy. We’ve all see it in it’s many forms. From that friendly babe who smiles to your face but then, in the hopes to curry favour, repeats all your idle talk to the boss to the quiet guy who inflates purchase prices for his personal benefit. There are as many agendas as there are people in every organisation.

I googled workplace politics and found this interesting description:

You don’t have to run for elected office to be immersed in politics. Politics simply refers to the dynamics and struggles for power. Around the office, where people with conflicting goals have to get along and careers are at stake, politics thrives. Whether it’s a struggle for control of the thermostat or getting a promotion, offices are notorious political battlegrounds. Even as you are at your desk minding your own business, politics seeps through cubicle walls and saturates the workplace. According to most experts, no workplace is immune to struggles for power. If we wish to foster good working relationships, get things done or get ahead, experts argue that we should engage in office politics. Office politics gets a bad name from the people who are most known for playing it. We all know the type – corrupt, manipulative, insincere sycophants who vie for praise and promotions. But that doesn’t mean you have to make unethical decisions to play the game effectively (excerpt from How office Politics Work by Jane McGrath)

I couldn’t have said it better myself. I witness and participate in the power play every day. Below are my tried and trusted ways to deal with workplace politics:

1. Be a sponge. Soak up all you hear but never repeat it or contribute to the conversation.

2. Ensure that no one is your enemy. Even if you dislike someone, hide it.

3. Never say behind someone’s back what you cannot say to their face.

4. Do not make allies or form cliques. Be friendly with everyone but know where to draw the line.

5. Respect authority.

6. Be consistent. It’s very difficult for someone to spin a false story about you when you are consistent.

7. Be proactive and learn from past experiences. Anticipate the moves of your colleagues before they strike and dodge their bullets.

8. Be passionate about what you do. You may not like your boss or enjoy your job but by all means put in your very best.

9. Office relationships are a no-no. Such relationships can cause unnecessary tension in the office if they turn sour and personal information can be used against you.

10. Be the go-to girl or the go-to guy. Everyone loves a problem solver.

Whatever you do, play a good and clean game. It’s a jungle out there, good luck!!



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