How to Navigate Office Politics and Avoid Needless Drama
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 it is," is a flawed tactic that might just cause more trouble.
When you stick your foot in your mouth, all you can do is apologize and explain it was a genuine mistake.
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Write down the ways in which you've contributed, and identify how you can personally take responsibility.
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After you have redefined success, consider how you want to invest your time and energy.
There will always be more work to be done, but make a choice to spend your time elsewhere: with family, friends, or in your community. And when you spend time with your family or friends, do so with undivided attention.
Connect with someone you haven’t previously interacted with all that much:
Maybe point out that your office’s annual Christmas cookie contest might be excluding those who don’t celebrate the holiday. Or let everyone know that failing to push in their chairs in meeting rooms and around the desks makes it that much tougher for your co-worker in a wheelchair to get around.
This will highlight your commitment to inclusivity.
Your language really makes an impact when it comes to being more inclusive in the workplace.
Even if you don’t mean to make anyone uncomfortable, your choice of words can inadvertently make others feel excluded.