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10 Tips to Avoid Office Politics

    • 6 posts
    May 25, 2013 9:32 PM EDT

    Thank you for sharing this great content. But i will say office politics offer a way to learn how influence and power are managed in company. I like you your tips 5 and 9 very much.

    • 32 posts
    April 14, 2012 7:33 AM EDT


    People always have something negative to say about the other. It’s sad that this happens not only at the park and groceries but even in a professional setting. To avoid office politics, try not to say awful things about your fellows. It is okay to befriend your co-workers but set limitations to your closeness. Make sure you are not flaunting too much of your personal life with the people you are working with so it’ll remain private. Like what’s mentioned above, keep yourself occupied so you won’t end up hearing stories that you are not supposed to know about. 

    • 32 posts
    June 23, 2012 10:11 PM EDT

    I like number 9 and 10 most - Listening to music and having a good time while staying positive. But, no matter what we do, politics is politics and it happens in upper management the most. We just h ave to keep on moving and keep on fighting it with the 10 tips above. 




    • 39 posts
    December 30, 2011 8:05 AM EST

    How to Avoid Office Politics

    Every workplace has some individuals who like to spread their version of every story to other employees. This practice is often undertaken to gain some kind of advantage. People involved in office politics may consider it harmless without realizing that it could cause severe harm to others, either by increasing their stress levels or triggering them to resign from their jobs. Politics is also used by some, as a means to avoid changes in job location, the burden of which is transferred to someone else. To avoid falling into prey to such things going on in the office, here are a few pointers.

    #1 Be Yourself
    Many people tend to wear a false mask of goody behavior at office, to make an impression on others. Avoid doing such things and be who you are. Show people your real self so that they do not get an opportunity to talk behind your back. Do not pretend to be master of some and slave of others at the same time. Learn about your duties and responsibilities at office and behave accordingly.

    #2 Identify "The" Coworkers
    It is easy to identify coworkers who are involved in politics. Note their behavior and try not to befriend them. Avoid going to lunches, dinners or parties along with them so that, they know little about you to gossip with others. Ignore them when they seem to be interested in you because it might just be a trick to bring out information from you.

    #3 Do Not Contribute
    When you find yourself stuck in a situation where a work-related discussion has taken-up the shape of a nasty gossip session, take immediate action. The easiest way to deal with it, is to simply walk away. Remember, that even though you do not contribute to the gossip, staying there will be considered as a participation. That's why, it is better to move out. Another way to deal with such a situation is to reverse the discussion back to work-related topic. By doing so, you will also prevent others from indulging in this non-productive activity.

    #4 Be Observant
    Even though, you keep yourself out of such activities, it is important to know what kind of politics is going around in your office. By being observant you can learn what's going on and prepare yourself to face a difficult situation.

    #5 Do What is Right
    People involved in politics might attract you towards something that is not ethical or against your wish. Make sure you are not influenced by any of these, and stand for what you feel is right. This will let such people know that you are no puppet and can take correct decisions for yourself and the organization.

    #6 Disclose Minimum Personal Information
    Revealing too much personal information can have a negative impact on your work. Gossipers love to know what's happening in the lives of their coworkers. They can use your personal information as a political tool to cause harm to you or benefit themselves. 

    #7 Focus on Your Job
    Organizations hire employees to fulfill their job responsibilities and duties and not to sit back and gossip. Remember this key point to help you focus on your work and stop from being involved in petty discussions. Focusing on work will not only help you in achieving your targets, but also help you in climbing the ladder of success. 

    #8 Do not Criticize
    Even if you are filled with anger and want to drain out your frustration, try not to criticize anybody in front of someone else. Doing so, will land you on the same page as gossipers, which is definitely not what you want. Stay calm and do not let your ego control you.

    #9 Hear Some Music
    The best way to keep away from office distractions is to hear music. Always carry your iPod and earphones along with you. The moment you listen nasty discussions flaring up, put on your earphones and listen to your favorite music. This will not only act as a stress buster for you, but will help you escape unwanted office politics.

    #10 Be Positive
    positive attitude in the workplace is important for being productive. Be positive and create a positive environment around you. Remain happy and energetic. Smile a lot! You never know, your positive attitude might help your colleague to come out of office politics blues. 

    Being a part of politics can only lead to trouble. Try being a neutral party at the office which will save you from being dragged to one side of the politics. This facet of the work culture cannot be eradicated completely. However, one can always learn measures to prevent it so as to lead a peaceful and stress-free office life!

    By Priyanka Kosta Sonkushre


    Account Manager

    • 39 posts
    January 6, 2012 8:35 AM EST

    What I do is totally ignore them. If I think that it's not going to be good for me or the company, I try to stay away from it to avoid trouble.

    Account Manager

    • 9 posts
    March 19, 2012 2:55 AM EDT

    Another great post,


    Start up nation is proving to be a very valuable resource.

    The only thing to add would probably be another article about how to deal with office politics if you have been drawn in.


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    January 6, 2012 7:18 AM EST

    Sometimes you get emails form coworkers who assume you are one of them or try to get you in a loop. What do you do in this case? How to avoid this and still be polite about it? It's not as easy as clicking a button to unsubscribe email.

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    • 34 posts
    May 23, 2012 6:21 AM EDT

    You can avoid office politics simply by sitting back. Sitting back means not to contribute in making a group or taking the side of one party. First Learn to communicate persuasively and then build your reputation. Always remember to keep yourself on a safe side.

    • 56 posts
    November 27, 2013 8:39 AM EST

    This is some good information. I can only agree with - #4 Be Observant. This does not only apply in the office setting, however throughout your personal life as well.

    This post was edited by ryantc at November 27, 2013 8:40 AM EST