Friday, February 11, 2011

Putting Office Politics to Work

For most, the concept of office politics immediately evokes a negative connotation. However, when managed properly, office politics can actually play a positive role in your career. Office politics refers to tactics individuals use to gain advantages in the workplace, mainly for personal advancement. Two factors contribute: the natural state of competition in the workplace and the hierarchical power structure of most companies.
The following tips can help you navigate the tricky landscape of most office politics.

· Be observant. Observe the company culture and the relationship dynamics between individuals and groups. Pay close attention to those who fit in and those who are well respected and/or have influence in the company. Consider the reasons why, then work at trying to establish relationships with these people.

· Focus on business objectives. Office politics should never supersede business objectives. Stay focused and always do what is in the best interest of the organization. If personal agendas start creeping in, weigh the pros and cons based on the business objectives and always use good business sense.

· Work collaboratively. No matter what your job is, you will most likely need to work collaboratively with others. Collaborating effectively can lead to positive working relationships and alliances that will serve you well when office politics enter the picture. Remember the theory of reciprocity: When you help others, they are more likely to help you.

· Expand your influence. It’s natural that you will form relationships more readily with those whom you work with on a regular basis. Don’t stop there. Raise your visibility and expand your influence by establishing relationships across the organization.

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