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How To Play Office Politics

Watch more Office Survival Guide videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to keep you cool and get ahead at the office by following these steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Observe how things work Observe how your workplace functions. Pay attention to the company's core values and how they most effectively get put into action. Also find out who is influential and take note of what they respond to. Step 2: Set clear goals Set objectives with your boss that contribute to the company's goals and develop your value as an employee. Inform your boss when you meet certain benchmarks to create a track record of goal-oriented success. Step 3: Gain allies Get the support of coworkers by reciprocating favors and offering your expertise on projects. Tip Only accept a manageable workload. In the long run, coworkers will respect you more if they know you have the power to say "no." Step 4: Branch out Build a network that incorporates several different groups and departments. Aligning yourself too strongly with one could leave you out in the cold if they fall out of favor. Step 5: Sidestep gossip Sidestep gossip. The target of gossip one day could be a decision-maker the next. If you find yourself in the middle of a nasty exchange, excuse yourself, or focus the conversation on the people talking, not the person being talked about. Step 6: Brag tactfully Brag. Just make sure to do it tactfully, and always give your coworkers credit for shared accomplishments. Telling people about your accomplishments increases the chances your boss will learn of your successes from someone other than you, which works in your favor when they're deciding who gets a promotion, and who get the ax. Did You Know? In a recent survey, more than half of employees said the competitive level of office politics had increased over the previous five years.
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