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How to Navigate Office Politics and Avoid Needless Drama
We've all been there-one accidental email, and suddenly your entire organization is filling your inbox with angry replies. Gaffes at work happen to everyone, but you can learn how to navigate the politics of your workplace to keep your cool and avoid drama.

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Coworkers That Cause Drama

When you're second-guessing yourself before communicating with someone, you probably have reservations based on their past reactions. 

When you do need to communicate with such people,...

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Don't Pretend to Be Above Office Politics

You work with a variety of people and you won't always get along with everyone. Telling yourself, "I don't engage in office politics, I tell it like i...

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Ask Questions

Ask your contacts in any new environment.

  • Are there sensitive topics that I shouldn't discuss without talking to you first?
  • Can you draw an organizational ...

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Be Quiet and Listen

If you are new to an office environment you should be listening 95% of the time. Ask a lot of questions to get a good understanding of how things work.

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Know Which The Sensitive Topics

Every office has trigger words that get everyone up in a frenzy once someone blurts them out.

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Avoid "Reply to All" Like It's the Plague

Unless 100% of the recipients will find your information useful, only reply directly to the sender.

"Reply all" is too often the cause of office drama. Always be sure to...

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Never Start Drama on a Friday

  • Best time to start drama (if there is a "best" time): Monday afternoon.
  • Worst time to start drama: Friday afternoon.

If you find yourself in a heated battle, try and fin...

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