Whenever you have a group of people that are together for much of the time, it can become quite complex especially when you consider the individual personalities and the different ways that they interact with their co-workers. Additionally, the job and role that people have can often influence how they behave and of course, power dynamics and certain personal and professional agendas are at play.
This can prove rather challenging at times and to navigate through the ‘office politics’ can be tricky. It is possible but you must have a professional outlook at all times.
Collaborating and contributing to the overall successes when you can celebrate individual and group achievements and being there to offer support and guidance during the inevitable yet occasional failures within the team can counteract any negativity and help to achieve supportive working environments
By taking a dynamic approach and concentrating on your work and the ongoing successes of your company, you can steer away from any unnecessary office politics. A good professional route to take is to divert attention away from negativity by focusing on training and furthering self improvement and opportunities for growth.
A strong and consistent work ethic alongside a professional attitude will show that you are dedicated to the job and not interested in getting involved with office politics.
It is important whilst not getting involved, to observe and understand decision processes and how influences are incorporated into the work dynamics.
Staying neutral and level headed will enable you to gain respect of coworkers who will see you as a calm and reliable influence who is unbiased and shows integrity. Concentrate on being a team player who does not take sides yet seeks out harmony and resolutions that work for all involved.
It goes without saying but never be tempted to cross any boundaries involving professional relationships and friendships as this is never a good mixture.
Confidentiality should always be maintained and this includes sharing any sensitive information about any other colleagues or yourself. Be discreet, diplomatic and trustworthy but also make it clear that if boundaries are overstepped then there will be professional consequences.
Lastly, office politics can cause stress and be mentally draining so ensure that you look after yourself and engage in regular self care strategies which will help you to stay resilient as well as helping you stay calm and have the ability to switch off from work when needed.