5 ways to handle office politics (so you don’t get sucked into other people’s anxiety and drama)
We’ve all dealt with office politics before. It’s when you see someone trying to get the boss to show favoritism. Or to choose their ideas over someone else’s because they are more “likable,” whatever that means. At best, it’s a nuisance. But at worst, it can seriously harm your career progression. Unfortunately, though, it happens nearly across the board. When you put different personalities in a room, there are bound to be situations where some people want to get ahead through favoritism over actually doing the work required.
So while you may not be able to avoid office politics completely, there’s a lot you can do to handle it so you don’t get sucked up in the drama and anxiety of it all. Read on to see our top tips for how to handle office politics easily so you can get back to your work – and your life.
5 – Ignore it completely
One of the easiest ways to handle office politics is to ignore it. If you see someone trying to curry favor with the boss, leave it alone. If you don’t like how someone is trying to spread gossip to tear down someone they don’t like, don’t engage. It’s easier said than done, but it’s also not that hard to do. Instead of taking part, you can easily change the subject or choose not to engage in similar actions.
Keep in mind that ignoring office politics does not mean you ignore your coworkers or retreat from office life. In fact, it means the opposite. You can happily engage with coworkers just as you would before, but simply not engage with the drama and office politics of it all. If most of the politicking comes from one or two people, you can choose to ignore those individuals if you’d like – it might make your life a lot easier.
Either way, you always have a choice to ignore the office politics. Chances are you have better things to do, anyway.