Politicking doesn’t come naturally to everyone and it might feel uncomfortable or unsavory to engage in these battles for power, but you need to be assertive and protect your standing in the company.

You certainly don’t need to involve yourself in petty gossip, but avoiding office politics completely could be a detriment to achieving your personal goals and potentially hold you back in your career.

To recap, follow these guidelines to effectively and appropriately manage the politics of your office:

  • Visualize the company in terms of influencers and power players
  • Strive to be neutral during arguments or conflicts
  • Build friendships and allies
  • Document your accomplishments
  • Be wary of competitive colleagues
  • Pick and choose your battles wisely
  • Always conduct yourself in a professional manner
  • Find and take advantage of win-win situations
  • Neutralize the negative politics of others
  • Demonstrate transparency and consistency in your decisions

If you adhere to these best practices you can successfully navigate office politics to maintain your dignity and achieve your career goals.

Original post by Reuben Yonatan from GetCRM