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How To Survive Office Politics

These days, office politics isn't a common topic. Many people believe that it is wrong and that it shouldn't exist nowadays. According to Forbes.com, those people who doesn't like office politics consider it as "wrong" or something that should be avoided. The statement that, "You don't like it because you're not good at it. So you've made it out to be "wrong" obviously explains this natural feeling of every employee.

Images | Jules | Karence

If you think office politics is difficult to face, you're right. However, there are many ways to survive the ordeal and stay focused on your goals. Don't worry, I've gathered valuable tips for every corporate chic [and guys, too] out there on how to survive office politics.

1. Avoid mudslinging. 

We cannot avoid gossiping all the time. Based on experience, mudslinging has become part of being in the corporate world. But just the same with other things to avoid, this negative act may ruin your credibility. Do not engage in this kind of activity.

What I Usually Do: I always wait for myself to calm down when faced with office dilemma. There are three things that I always remember while weighing things down: what is it, why it happened, what is its effect on my goals. If the answer to these questions are all detrimental to my career, I wouldn't do anything that will tarnish the reputation of other people. I wouldn't want them to do it against me, too.

2. Stay true to your values. 

We know that our credibility, integrity and reputation are great things that will affect our careers. These are essential factors that will make or break the goals that we had prepared in the process. It's a waste of time to veer away of our values. Our true character will help us shape our future in the corporate arena.

What I Usually Do: I'm aware that staying true to my values will help me maintain integrity at all times. The primary consideration before doing something trivial is to identify the favorable things that lies ahead of me. 

For instance, I've come across a lot of people taking advantage of my silence when it comes to promotion. Every time I handle people, especially difficult people to handle, they would suggest that I'm stressed out. For me, it's a funny way of pointing out a weakness. My weakness isn't the difficulty to handle different kinds of people. My only weakness is that I'm too focused that I forget to look around me and I'm aware of this one.

3. Don't lose a potential ally.

The simple explanation of this one is to play by the rules. Observe the protocol presented in the office. If you want to rise through the ranks, pay attention to details. Don't forget to cover all metrics such as attendance, quality of your work, quantity, first touch resolution, customer service satisfaction and more. Think of the quantifiable factors that are applicable to your job and do your best to build an amazing score card in order to get promoted so easily. Here, your allies play important roles. You will help each other reach your goals. That's it! I'm referring to the give-and-take mantra.

Why do we have to gather allies in the first place? We are in the corporate world and we are surrounded by people who are aiming to disparage our plans. If we have allies, not only they can tell us what our enemies are up to, they can tell us some options without even realizing it.

What I Usually Do: I'm always having a hard time building allies because I have high standards when it comes to building friendship. I'm very particular with right attitude, having the same interests and ability to easily grasp unusual things around the circle. No wonder I have a few friends. I just don't become closer to someone because I can get something out of it. I have to make sure that both parties are benefited with the alliance. 

As a friend, I'm fiercely loyal. However, I won't bother to make someone stay in my life if betrayal is obvious. 

In case I encounter a difficult person to handle, I keep records for future purposes. I tend to think of the situation very carefully. I had a rift with a few people in the office and my first step is to talk to them after weighing things down very carefully. Once I get the whole picture, I reach out for possible reconciliation. Sometimes it's necessary to understand people by the way they react in your actions, words and presence. 


3. Be helpful.

Tech Republic emphasized that being helpful to others can reap benefits for you. Even though we have priorities, we need to share what we know about things that matter in the office. I'm personally thankful to my office-mate Jimmy for teaching me some Excel tricks last year. There are other people who helped me in the office and I'm really grateful for what they did. 

What I Usually Do: I always impart what I know is important for all of us in the team. The way I see things may be different, but I make sure I don't cross lines to cater my vested interests. I always do it right because I hate feeling guilty in the end.

4. Don't play office politics.

One of the best ways to survive office politics is not to play around recklessly. It will help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of political intrigue that is so difficult to sort out. It's natural to interact with office-mates, but it's very important to guard your personal interests. 

What I Usually Do: In the office, I have one group that I really care about. In honor of the popularity of Twilight, we named our group after the film franchise. The Twilight group is composed of Jules, Ymarie, Arbi, Mommy Regie and Karence. I have other friends outside this circle, but I'm very selective because I don't really play office politics. I want to avoid being entangled in circumstances that don't really matter to me and my goals. 

Avoid pulling others down. Sometimes I'm guilty of this one. Try to choose the people you want to share secrets. Respect the people who shared you secrets and be sure to keep them at all cost. Show compassion, yet try to balance everything. Don't forget that no one can hurt you unless you allow it.

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