It has been a while I blogged though I have been sending out newsletters. How has it been? This post will be looking at office politics and how to deal with them.
A friend I met online chatted me up some weeks ago as regards a challenge his sister was facing at work. Let me give you a brief:
She works in a school as a teacher(Let us call her Jane). Jane is very passionate about her job and her students so much so that parents now request for their wards to be placed in her class. Some parents make it a point of duty to shower her with unsolicited gifts. The proprietor comes visiting only once in a while as he lives abroad. During his last visit, he called the Jane to his office to give her a stern warning to desist from collecting gifts from parents.
From the brief, there are a number of things that have come to play which has caused the outburst of the proprietor.
1. One or more people have been feeding the proprietor with false reports about Jane.
2. The preference of parents to Jane is making some members of staff uncomfortable.
3. Some members of staff see Jane as a threat to them
4. Jane’s colleagues see the gifts as a sign of success.
There could be more reasons and speculations to this situation, feel free to share yours in the comments.
Such situations as this plays out in our different offices at one time or the other.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SUCH?
1. Be a pro : Yes, be so great at your job that there is a vacuum when you are not available. Make sure you know your job inside out. Be a Pro.
2. Be Passionate: You have to have a level of love for your job. Your passion for your job will help you scale through especially on rocky days.
3. Have a Human Face : This is extremely important if you are to deal with office politics. You have to be humane in doing your job and in dealing with your colleagues and clients/customers. Your day to day encounter with them will speak for you when you are not there.
4. Avoid office grapevines : Don’t be caught spreading tales about colleagues and bosses. Never be mentioned as the hearer or bearer of grapevine news. *I have said my own*
5. Follow the rules: Every organization has rules and regulations that govern them. make sure you are not a rule breaker. Follow the rules and you will be free from punishments.
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