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Managing Office Politics

Most anyone you talk to will say they try to avoid office politics. I've heard a variety of horror stories that allude to manipulation, sabotage, power struggles, and petty gossip. However, I've also heard stories where people team up together and make positive changes. In order to understand how to manage it, you must first understand what it is and what it isn't. The definition of politics is, "activities within an organization that are aimed at improving someone's status or position." With this definition, one could safely assume that the organization you work for is the office, and the activities or actions you participate in are with the intention of improving your status



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