Avoid Office Politics In A New Employer’s Culture.

As recruiters, we often witness the damage that occurs when office politics creates problems for individuals, departments and companies. Political activities encourage hypocrisy, secrecy, deal making, rumors, power brokers, self-interests, image-building, self-promotion, and cliques — not a recipe for effective team work. For people starting in a new position, unfamiliar with the corporate culture and wanting to blend in with the new team, it can be helpful to remember the following points:

  • Concentrate on building relationships, not on taking sides
  • Avoid participating in gossip
  • Find common ground with others, offering assistance
  • Don’t discuss personal problems
  • Selectively self-disclose
  • Stay professional at all times
  • Create win/win solutions.
  • Keep the employer’s perspective in mind
  • Be pleasant, laugh and smile
  • Be natural

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