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Five ways to avoid company politics
Bogged down in company politics? A TechRepublic member offers five strategies to maintain your objectivity and avoid becoming part of the problem.
•1. Listen, but do not complain.
Don’t let constant complainers drag you down with them. In every company, you will find individuals who are always complaining, the trick is to give them a listening ear but not to let them dominate the group.
Also experts advised that it is important to listen to the complainers because often they are the ones most attuned to what’s happening beneath your consultant’s radar. You’ll often gain valuable insight into the inner workings of a department or company structure based on complainers’ laments. Besides that, many of their complaints are valid ones.
But it’s important to maintain a healthy distance by listening-and listening only. If you begin to complain yourself, you’ll be mired in the office politics and unable to remain objective. They suggest the sage advice, “If you can’t say something nice, then you better say nothing at all.”
•2. Do not choose sides.
It’s possible to become so enmeshed while learning the ins and outs of a company’s woes that you forget your role as problem solver. When that happens, you may find yourself having sympathy for one faction or another on the office battlefield. They warn, “Be nice to everyone; do not choose sides.”
•3. Stay in contact with colleagues at other firms.
To maintain your outsider’s perspective, it’s important to stay in contact with your colleagues working in other firms or businesses. Give them a call every now and them. They will keep you informed about the problems of other companies.
This is especially important if the aforementioned complainers’ laments are bringing you down. It will help you realize that the grass is not greener on the other side.
•4. Don’t mix business with pleasure.
Many companies’ arrange social events as an employee perk, and often co-workers gather regularly to have a meal and mingle after hours. These events can often turn into a haven for unproductive, negative chatter.
Sure, you must socialize in the company, but not too much.
•5. If all else fails, remove yourself from the situation.
Although it seems drastic, but sometimes necessary to remove yourself from a negative situation-especially if you think there’s no way for things to improve. No sense in waiting until things get better, they usually don’t. The management always made promises, but in the end nothing changed. Your job satisfaction is related to your personal happiness.
Have you come up with methods of avoiding political entanglements on the job? How do you sidestep the company gossip or the constant complainer? Have unsolicited complaints ever alerted you to an unforeseen problem?