People often think workplace politics is a dirty word. It’s not, but it can be if you don’t know how to handle yourself properly.
– One way to avoid it is to keep an open mind. If someone has a different perspective than you do, listen closely and understand where they’re coming from before forming your opinion.
– Another way is by being honest with yourself about how you feel in the moment. There might not always be time for that during business hours, but if something’s been bothering you for a while, it’s important to make time for self-reflection outside of work hours so workplace politics can be avoided.
– A third way is by being proactive about workplace relationships. If you know your workplace political situation might not improve as time goes on or get out of it completely before workplace drama takes a turn for the worse. In some cases, that means changing jobs altogether to avoid workplace politics and maintain peace of mind in the workplace