28일차. ♣ Unit 2. Corporate culture - LESSON 4 GIVING ADVICE ABOUT OFFICE POLITICS [Office politics advice]
by Arthur Randolph / May 26
I'm at the end of my rope. I'm at a new job, and the office politics are awful! I don't know what to do. I actually like my coworkers and manager, but I'm just not fitting in.
Arthur, you've got to be tough. Play the game. You've got to actively participate in all social activities with your team. Praise people and make them feel good about themselves. Ask your managers to be your mentors and tell them their advice is really helpful. And if someone gets in your way, don't hesitate to stab them in the back. It worked for me!
@Doris: I don't agree at all, except about participating actively in team activities. I think if you treat coworkers well, they'll be good to you. What goes around comes around! Don't get angry or annoyed – get knowledge! If you can, get your manager to mentor you, but be honest about any weaknesses or things you don't know. You want to learn as much as possible. Ask questions, notice how things get done and update your skills.
I agree with Doris that you have to be tough and play the game. But there are different ways to play the game. It all boils down to having good relationships with higher-ups and coworkers. You have to be honest in your comments, but you should be careful about expressing annoyance. Find a mentor if you can. I agree that participating in team activities will make you feel more part of the group.