Office Politics 101 For Managers
Office politics, or work politics, are the strategies and procedures that employees use to function and advance in a work setting. It is important for managers to learn and understand the office environment and the employees that make it tick. Since the manager interacts with several aspects of the workplace, one should learn how to effectively work with colleagues, supervisors, and upper management in order to help keep the department functioning as a whole.
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As stated before, office politics exist in every office environment. Offices are normally made up of a wide range of people and personality types. They key to maintaining good politics is to know how to interact with each other and influence the employees under your management.
Dealing with Different Personalities
Good relationships among employees can build the base for a better team. Different personalities have different strengths and weaknesses, which can be paired together to complement each other. Knowing the different types of personalities and how to deal with them can make any office situation easy to manage. You’ll learn more about types of personalities in modules five and six.
Common office personality types:
· Negative Ned/Nancy
· Information Keeper
· The Apple Polisher
· Nosey Neighbor
Build a Culture of Collaboration
When companies grow, the group culture grows and cliques can begin to form. With so many conflicting visions, a company can lose sight of its original purpose. The goal for a manager is to form a collaboration that features every person’s talents and visions.
· Listen and observe your employees
· Be diplomatic
· Keep private matters private
· Don’t get emotional – keep a professional standing
Be Nice to Everyone (Not Just Those Who Can Help You)
It’s important to be nice to everyone in the office. As a manager, people should feel free to approach you with their problems or concerns. If they feel as though you’ve picked favorites or excluded others, it could not only affect their performance on the job, but yours as well. Treating everyone equally is the best way to help prevent cliques and out casting in the office.