It pays to be a good politician, according to a new survey by Robert Half.
Workers were asked, “In your opinion, what effect, if any, does involvement in office politics have on one’s career?”
Very necessary to get ahead: 15%
Somewhat necessary to get ahead: 41%
Not at all necessary to get ahead: 42%
Four tips for navigating office politics:
1. Build a strong base. You never know whose endorsement could benefit your career.
2. Stay out of the muck—that means gossip or outright mudslinging. Be direct but tactful, focusing on facts rather than feelings.
3. Tailor your message to your audience. Pick the medium that your audience prefers, whether email or face-to-face, and be willing to adapt your approach.
4. Dodge controversy. Avoid heated discussions by the water cooler, and stay even-tempered amid polarizing topics.