I think I have never met anyone who does not complain of the office politics they confront everyday. Encountering workplace politics is a routine matter in our professional lives. Whether you are working in a giant multinational or a small organization, this is something you can’t avoid & must face, if you wish to continue working in the same organization. Hence, having a political scenario around isn’t something horrible really, as everyone is facing it but the way you tackle it, is something not everyone is capable of. So, sit tight, as today we will discuss possible solutions to office politics.
How to handle workplace politics?
Your workplace is your home where you spend your whole day so it must be a healthy place for you, worth living and worth growing. Breeding the seeds of politics in the organization eventually causes suffocation, leading to employee demotivation and high turnovers.
1) Be positive
Being in a culture with the negative vibes stretching out isn’t at all thriving for employee motivation and growth. Creating a positive work culture, with everyone pulling others up is an ideal case which is mostly not present. So, if you join an organization with the hope of getting support from everyone, that is not the fact and you might feel demotivated when facing the reality. This whole process only requires you to understand that you have to be positive and it happens everywhere so you aren’t the only one facing it. So, the first tip to manage this workplace politics is playing with your mind, making it positive and preparing yourself to face the challenges. When you are motivated to react to the professional challenges positively, it always results in your growth.
2) Be a part of change
Coping with political behaviors in your workplace is never pleasant and if you are a victim, you are well aware of the grudges you begin to hold as a result of others’ pessimism. This is the behavior reshaping stage in which, if you make an effort to develop good relationships with the colleagues causing you harm, you for sure, can get rid of this suffocating situation. And don’t do this because you are afraid of them but do it for your own professional development which demands that you have to displace all the personal grudges and negativity and take part in creating a healthy work environment for everyone. Once you become friends with your “workplace politicians”, you are all in power to reshape their behaviors so this is the time to get yourself accepted by everyone, including the ones causing you harm. Ignoring the negativity is never a good idea. Instead, gaining strength to bring a positive change is the best solution.
3) Managerial involvement
Involving your manager/ boss is not always a good option. Sometimes, it could harm you if the manager likes that political guy so going straight to manager and complaining about the workplace politics is not preferable in every case. In most of the cases, managers are themselves involved in or supporting politics at workplace. So, when you smell this pungent workplace politics, take your time and analyze every possibility. Sometimes sitting back and giving things enough time solves the situation itself. Things are really dynamic in organizations with many hidden stories. So, only go for the managerial help if your manager is a real support.
4) Human resource policies
The best way to fight organizational politics is the formulation of HR policies by top management so that everyone is bound to follow them and disciplinary actions could be taken against those violating the policies. This also makes it easy for the people to reach out to the human resource department through proper channel. A good whistle blowing policy covers all such workplace politics’ reporting confidentially, without damaging employee’s reputation and protecting his identity. Being supported by organization’s top management, such policies always prove to be effective in protecting employees in the long run.
5) Training to encounter workplace politics
Training the people must always be a priority for good organizations in order to help them grow. Reinforcement of morality in organizations can be effectively done through trainings as they involve collective learning of all employees, thus, a cause of motivation to adopt the desired behavior.