For every employee, having an equal opportunity to attend an exciting work conference, or being tasked with a key project, is important. Not only does this give the employee reassurance that they are good at their job, but also always them to grow their learning and learn new skills.
Yet, unfortunately in some working environments, this level of equality isn’t always present. In most workforces, this pecking order means that some individuals are put on a pedestal and given the more exciting workplace tasks while others are given whatever is left. This can be determined by office politics.
To find out the office politics dynamics within an organisation, Forbes Contributor Joan Michelson, said that business heads shouldn’t undermine the importance of observing the workforce. When observing, leaders should consider things such as language choice, decision-making and employee reactions.
Forbes has suggested three things to look out for when observing:
· Look at how decisions are made. Consider whether they are fair and transparent and look at the way in which they are delivered to the team. Is it straightforward and easy to follow or overcomplicated?
· Consider the communication style within the workplace. Observing employees and their social circles at work and who speaks abruptly to who will tell you a lot about the firm’s office politics. Wisdom said to try and determine whether employees are willing to help one another.
· Keep track of who gets sent on work jolly ups and who is tasked with enjoyable assignments. Consider whether it’s always going to the same person or people and who influences this decision.
Once the dimensions of the office politics have been identified, there are various strategies that leaders can use to make them swing in your favour. Here are three tips:
· Focus on the things that matter such as achieving your own goals and meeting business objectives. Try not to get distracted by other people’s problems.
· If you aren’t interested in getting caught up in office politics, then step back and protect both yourself and your career. Be aware of who you can count on at work and who you can’t.
· Play fair. Wisdom explained that it is important to protect your own brand and reputation above everything else. So, don’t feel pressured into anything that you aren’t comfortable doing.