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Office Politics

There are few things as uncomfortable as dealing with difficult workers. Yet dealing with them successfully is a key to business success.

Business Management Daily is known for our sound, field-tested advice on favoritism in the workplace and other challenging office personalities and situations.

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Calling out co-workers through gossip or banter is “sludge,” and it’s one of the most significant bar­riers to having a positive and fulfilling workplace, write Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, authors of Why Work Sucks. Take their tips for eliminating sludge and create a happier place to work.
Dwelling on resentment in the workplace will lead to depression and an unfulfilling professional life, writes executive coach Mary Jo Asmus, who offers advice on how to let go.
Office politics are a fact of life. Since you can’t escape it, columnist and blogger Eric Barker has compiled some tips from the experts so you can handle the politics like a pro.
Is it helpful to let a co-worker screw up a project to teach her a lesson? And if you think not, how do you deal with a colleague who insists on letting others make mistakes to show them the folly of their ways? That’s what one reader recently asked on the Admin Pro Forum.
Most people would be reluctant to befriend their supervisors on Face­­book, according to a recent study by three college professors. But members of Gen Y are more willing than their older counterparts to do so.
After reading Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Amy Keyishian, an author at LearnVest, summarized eight nice behaviors that Sandberg says women—and men—must avoid in the workplace if they want to get ahead.
Just because there's nothing you can do to completely eliminate gossip from your workplace doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do a thing about it. On the contrary, managers can and should take steps to eliminate harmful rumors and gossip.

That person who’s always cozying up to the boss may drive you nuts, but you should consider that she may also be doing some things better, says life and career coach Dorothy Tannahill-Moran.

You have a friend who’s looking for a job and your company has an open position. You think she would be a good fit, but you wonder if this is one of those good deeds that’s unlikely to go unpunished.  That’s what one reader asked recently on the Admin Pro Forum.

If you spend your energy attacking your adversaries, that’s energy that could have been exerted elsewhere. It also makes you appear hot-headed and small.
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