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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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.
It’s hard for employees to do their best work when their bosses yell at them, and, thankfully, this type of outburst is quickly becoming a thing of the past in most workplaces. But some people are still expressing their anger in harmful ways. However, there are some constructive ways to resolve office disputes.

Office politics doesn’t have to be manipulative or sleazy. In fact, it’s one of the most direct, smart and savvy ways to make your mark with those that count. Here are three rules to win the game of office politics.

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?” Their responses:

Tired of an incessantly negative co-worker? Post a “No Whining” sign for others to see when they enter your work space.
Winning at office politics could begin with this key question, “Who am I dependent on to get my job done?”
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