Workplace Politics: A necessary evil
Again, the question arises about the employees who do not become a part to this politics at their workplace. Experts say that giving up to the politics without being a part of it and fighting it, especially when it is unfair, is not advisable either. Sometimes, the politics becomes the necessary evil simply for self defense. As often, the people staying away are taken as a threat and become the victim of the workplace politics and are eliminated.
As it has become unavoidable to avoid the politics at today’s workplace, it has become necessary for every employee to:
connect to people,
try to identify the source of power,
observe and be aware of the happenings around, people’s strengths and weaknesses and their emotional intelligence.
Avoiding politics at workplace
Although it is practically impossible to make your workplace free from the politics, but the organisation and the employees can follow certain ethics for themselves to make their workplace healthier:
Avoid distorting or manipulating the truth and the facts.
Be yourself. Don’t have different faces to suit different people and different situations.
Be fair in your dealings. Take decisions based on other’s performance and not on the basis of your relations with them.
Be flexible, approachable and accessible to others. Rigidity can isolate you.
Communicate – Lack of proper communication is the root cause of most of the problems. Therefore, ensure a timely and open communication system. Hiding information, rumors or distorted information can aggravate the situation and problem. Proper communication will also help to combat the effect of gossip.
Have a broader perspective. Don’t work to satisfy your ego every time. Give a fair chance to everyone to put forward their thoughts.
Last but not the least; be clear in your conscious. Don’t compromise on your morals and ethics and, don’t hesitate to apologize if you realize that you are wrong.
It would be right to conclude that being a part of the interpersonal relations, politics at workplace is prevalent everywhere, and is unavoidable in most cases. But it’s more important to play the game right. Know the rules, stay true to yourself, don’t harm someone personally or his/her career, don’t take grudges home. Try to create a win-win situation for yourself, others and the organisation. Politics at workplace – can be good or bad – depends on how people take it and make it!
politics- universal truth
lets face it that politics is and will be always present in an org albeit in various degrees
as a team member- be yourself and accept the fact that you just cant please everyone in your team there are bound to be differences but as long as you are well aware of your responsibilities and understand the co policies well, theres nothing to worry about
learn to say no: the word 'NO' is the most difficult to say but if mastered well it can save you a lot of hassles later on
as a leader: an insecure and scared leader will encourage politics among his/ her team members. remember there are no competitor for your subordinates... in fact put on a teachers/ guides hat and see the transparency and sincere indulgence within your team
motivate the average/ low performers regularly
as an employee- avoid passing on distorted info to others, never badmouth seniors/ colleagues anywhere, avoid spreading roumers especially during the appraisal time, maintain a dignified personality even if something hasn't gone your way, keep good company i.e spend most of your time among the achievers/ best performers
Indeed, politics at workplace is a curse, specially for the one who doesnt wana be a part of it.
Ironically, there are times when you dont need politics but the other time, poltics needs you.
Policits is some what good at workplace. It shows the live act which can be a lesson to all. So that one will learns his fault and never try to repeat it.
On a large extend it spoils humanity in person.
So its better to play politic when and where required not always to be with and all person. Play it right and on right place, just judge it when it is required.
Over all Be humane always.
your article is very motivating and inspiring but to some extent because according to me i think creating a win-win situation for yourself is not a good quality either it is considered as a bad quality....so its not acceptable everywhere......otherwise your article is very good.
your article is very motivating and inspiring but to some extent....... because according to me i think creating a win-win situation for yourself is not a good quality either it is considered as a bad quality....so its not acceptable everywhere......otherwise your article is very good.
anyways thanks for such a nice article.
find out the reason first............... then we can tackle what ever the condition over there..........................
according to my knowledge........................