Getting What You Want Without "Playing Dirty"

The success of your business relies heavily on the efforts of your employees, making it important to maintain employee satisfaction throughout the company. Although it may be easy for the top-level executives of your company to make decisions that benefit themselves, your responsibility as a leader is to minimize workplace politics and ensure that each decision benefits the company as a whole.

Do you know if your employees feel like they have to engage in some political jockeying in order to get ahead — or at least not fall behind? Even if you think you know the answer, make the effort to ask and observe. To be effective, politicians need to be in touch with the issues affecting their constituents. The same is true of the relationship between managers and employees. So when it comes workplace politics, ignorance is not bliss.

All workplaces are political to some extent, simply because people bring their personal emotions, needs, ambitions, and insecurities into their professional lives. We all want to be successful, but we don't always agree with one another about what this means or how we should achieve it. Office politics arise when these differences of personality and opinion become difficult to manage. And we often care deeply about the decisions that we make, or that others make about us, so we seek to influence people's choices. We can be straightforward or underhand about this.

There are several articles out there on what strategies can be employed to either take advantage of office politics or to understand and reduce its negative impact, so let me share the Top 6 today that I personally believe are relevant across industries and resonate with our pandemic era challenges. I promise to keep them coming!

6 Strategies; Making lemonade to win At Office Politics

According to an article in Forbes this February, Forbes HR council members shared some 11 strategies, my favorites are: