Office Politics

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

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It’s important to hold your ground in a tough office environment without coming across as angry or aggressive. And knowing where the line is between assertive and aggressive can make or break your career, say business ex­­perts.
Communications consultant Robin Madell says the three biggest errors you can make at work arise from the misuse or misunderstanding of three key elements: technology, corporate culture and office politics.
Admins have responsibilities to both their immediate bosses and the organizations they work for. Some­­times it can be hard to serve both equally. What should you do when situations force you to choose?
Don’t throw people under the bus. When a problem occurs, avoid pointing fingers.
The fear of damaging a relationship might keep you from saying “no” to your boss or to a co-worker, but turning down someone doesn’t have to come across as combative or reluctant, notes Harvard Business Review writer Holly Weeks.

If you have a work personality that clashes with others, you won’t get very far, says Shane Atchison, CEO at creative agency Possible.

Figuring out how to keep a project moving when you need help from a colleague can be challenging. Business writer Esther Schindler suggests these tips.
Office gossips can reduce morale, cause hostility and decrease productivity. Put an end to the rumor mill by taking these steps:

In today’s open offices where communication is more casual, it feels like everyone is on equal footing and working for a meritocracy. But that’s wrong, says Jeffrey Pfeffer, an organizational behavior professor at Stanford University. Power structures haven’t changed much over time. Pfeffer offers three theories of why workplace hierarchies are still going strong.

The chances are very good that you’re missing the whole picture of the colleagues who are causing you to gnaw on your stapler. Ask yourself these questions before you launch your next hissy fit.
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