How to deal with Office Politics

Ramesh Lamba
Oct 10 · 3 min read
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Before finding a solution to this problem, we have to understand politics from different angles.

What is politics?

Source — From Google/Oxford

Where & Why is politics?

First of all, I would like to say that politics happens everywhere. Where there will be people, there will be politics or differences and it is also natural to be there, whether it is an office or home, it does not matter. So we have to understand how to avoid it.

We do not have a magic wand that can make all politics around us disappear in the blink of an eye. Before understanding politics, we have to understand the people around us and before understanding people we need to understand ourselves because without understanding ourselves we cannot understand others. We have to ask ourselves — what I think? What have I come here to do? Am I doing the same what I’m afraid of? What would I do if I were in his place?

We have to find answers to all these questions by ourselves. When we start understanding ourselves and our fears, then only we can understand the people around us and their fears as well.

Why am I using the word fear again and again? Because fear is the thing that makes you react and

“Office Politics is a byproduct of fear.”

How to Make a Better Workplace?

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Don’t Work “Hard”, Do Work “Joyfully”

Do what you love, don’t do for the sake of someone else. If you do what you love, you will be curious to learn more, your work skills will improve, you will become more productive, your confidence will get a boost and all of above your FEAR will get disappear automatically.

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
— James Stephens

If there is no fear means office politics no more matters for you.


Think Beyond Competition

When you try to compete with somebody, you are only thinking of going one step ahead of him/her, that’s all. You aren’t thinking of what your ultimate potential is. You will always fear to lose and you will start something that you did not want to do. My advice is to just focus on your goals and not on what others are doing, if you do that then you’ll find yourself out of the rat race/competition.

“No competition, no fear, no office politics, only you and your goals will remain.”


Neutralize Negativity

Negativity starts right from you, do not blame others for this. If you think any of your colleagues are too negative/ possessive/ unsecured just start avoiding him/her. He/She won’t spoonfeed you negativity forcefully. Its totally upon you what you want to take.

“Don’t focus on negative things; focus on the positive, and you will flourish. “ — Alek Wek

  1. Avoid joining in negative politics and “fuelling the fire”.
  2. Avoid passing on rumours.
  3. Do not take sides, or get sucked into recriminations or arguments, behave like professional at all times.
  4. Whenever a conflict arises, try to find a solution that satisfies everyone and believe me, it’s quite possible.
  5. If you’re raising concerns/criticism of your own, be confident and assertive but not aggressive.

Develop Your “People Skills”

As we know, politics are all about people and the fastest way to improve your relationship is to make other people feel important in every way possible.

If you want any task to be done, whether you are running a company or a family or anything for that matter, you will always get the best out of people when everyone around you has fallen in love with you in some way. But before they fall in love with you, you must fall in love with them, irrespective of how they are.

“Only when people love you will they do the best that they can do for you.“ — Sadhguru

Thanks to Varun Guru

Ramesh Lamba

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