office politicsStuart Smalley: “You’re good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like you…?” Ah… not always.

No matter what industry you are in, you are bound to come across office politics.  The word “politics” in and of itself connots a level of malarkey.  So, when you find yourself caught up in the BS of office politics here are three things to consider to rid yourself from potential strife:

1. Self Preservation

Try your best to stay away from people at work that give you a bad vibe.  If a co-worker doesn’t like you, you will feel it, either with passive aggressive tendencies or flat out rude behavior.  You don’t need to deal with someone else’s issues so don’t make them yours and do your best to physically and mentally ignore them and stay away as much as you can.

2. Form Alliances

Stick to co-workers that like you; people that give you confidence when you feel put down by other co-workers menacing behavior.  Stand by co-workers that treat you right. Make friends with co-workers that are new or people in other departments that you may share a common room or lunch room with.  Focusing on whether or not you are liked by particular company employees is a waste of your time.  You got better things to do which brings me to the final tip.

3. It’s Called Work

Focus on your work, cause at the end of the day you are there to work.  Don’t feed into the drama surrounding office politics.  If you find yourself in a poor work situation with one or more individuals that cause you stress, or make you feel bad about yourself step back.  Remove yourself from the negative environment, and align yourself with a positive atmosphere. And if you can’t, no biggie, be alone.  That’s better then putting up with other peoples hang ups.

At the end of the day only you can decide if you are going to get wrapped up in office politics.  You choose your path at work and don’t let the nuances of office politics get the best of you.



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    Last reviewed: 18 Nov 2012

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2012). 3 Tips for Handling Difficult Office Politics. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 4, 2015, from


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