The Politics of Work

My favorite co-worker greeted me warmly every morning, liked to go for walks at lunch, and often took naps in the afternoon. She also had a tail and four legs. When this adorably puppy stopped coming to work, the atmosphere of the office shifted and I started to notice more politics.

While, it may not be easy to add a dog to your workplace, you can make changes.  A good book to help is the “Millennials’ Guide to Workplace Politics: What No One Ever Told You About Power and Influence” by Mira Brancu and Jennifer Wisdom.

The book is broken into proactive strategies with tools to build a network of support and reactive strategies to try before you make a move. Often, the grass is not greener at another workplace – it’s just different players in the field.

If you are ready for a change. Start with yourself. Here are some of the basic rules to consider:

  1. Never say anything bad about anyone at work to anyone at work. Save your venting when you are at home or with friends.
  2. Write emails and messages as if they will be shared on social media or forwarded to others including the person you are talking about.
  3. Be honest with everyone, including yourself.
  4. Be patient. There may be times a person is working or your behalf to make things better and you don’t even know about it.
  5. Be curious about your abilities and look for opportunities to improve.
  6. Remember to be kind always. You don’t know what someone else is going through.
  7. Practice healthy skepticism. Not everything can be taken at face-value.
  8. Stop judging. Observe and clarify your own boundaries, not others.

You can do this. Be a force for good. Find your strength, find your people, and make it happen! Got tips to share? Please add them to the comment section below.

Published by Liza Weidle

As a savvy connector with a passion for making the world better, I am known as a good listener and resource immersed in learning trends, tackling challenges, and helping organizations translate vision into actionable, results-driven strategies. In other words, I get the job done!

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