HOW TO SOLVE OFFICE POLITICS—THE BOSS
I owned a business for 15 years and for 12 of those had employees. At one point, I and a partner had 10 full-time employees spread out over three different offices, along with numerous freelancers. For the majority of the time, I had two full-time employees (not counting myself), and five freelancers.
Here's how I helped keep the office politics to a minimum throughout the 12 years I had employees.
HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR THE JOB...
...then let them do their work. I thought one of the worst things I could do was micromanage. Constantly hovering over employees didn't help them grow, learn how to solve issues on their own, or make them feel they were adequate or valued. Yes, there had to be guidelines (and there were), and yes, there had to be times where I needed to step in and make decisions or corrections, but most of the time, the core group of employees knew what they were doing, and did it well.
FOSTER UNITY BETWEEN EMPLOYEES
If people can see that they don't need to be adversaries in order to just get work done, or to get a raise or a more desirable position, the more likely they are to complete their assignments, thus helping someone else get going on theirs. Also, giving everyone an overview of the big picture is helpful too, since everyone gets to see how they fit in and how each job is important.
In my case, this helped everyone to take ownership of their own tasks, getting them done in a timely fashion, and feeling like they were a part of something greater—the finished product. Because each person had some level of participation in it, were being fairly compensated for their work, and had some room within their different jobs to determine how they would do it and to some extent when they would do it, it helped for everyone else to see how important being accurate and timely with their own work was, not only for themselves, but for everyone else.
Yes, I did have people I liked to be around more than others, but I still tried to treat everyone equally when it came to interacting, providing feedback or correction, stepping in when there was nothing else to be done, and so on. I also generally did it as privately as possible, especially when it was more or less an evaluation or a correction. I tried to be as transparent, as consistent and as evenly handed as possible, while still being the owner and the ultimate decision maker. That meant owning my decisions and acknowledging any mistakes, and doing my best to correct them.
KEEP PEOPLE BUSY ENOUGH
This is a tricky thing to do, but there should never be more employees than there is work, and never more work than there are employees to do it, unless the boss is going to somehow take it on and do it well. If people are too busy doing what they're tasked with, it makes it harder to keep track of what others are doing. However, if they're not overworked, they're also likely to stay productive throughout because they have enough time to accomplish their work, take their breaks, feel like they can go on vacation or take sick days and so forth because their workload will be manageable when they get back.
Time off and time to do work is as important as actually doing the work. So finding that balance between too much and too little solves all kinds of problems, including tamping down office politics.
Ultimately, terminating individuals, or changing their work structure became the answer for me. The one time I actually fired someone, it ended up changing so many things for the better, including for the person I fired. It wasn't a pleasant thing to do, and I really didn't want to do it, but the employee was not getting their own work done, causing problems with getting our product out on time, and they were complaining about me and others, about what we were doing or weren't doing. I guess I was supposed to do their job for them, which ultimately, I actually did, though some of it went elsewhere.
IT'S NOT EASY...
...but it is possible to keep the office politics to a minimum if the boss actually pays attention to what's going on, keeps things in perspective and provides just enough framework, correction and management to keep things running smoothly, while allowing everyone the ability to get their work done on their own with some say in how and when they get it done.
The politics in a working place is actually a characteristics that makes up a company because there will always be someone vying for the position of director or a position of managing director or finance controller so it's always difficult to handle or come the political problems in a company because people are working so hard or pretending to be working so hard in order to convince the employers that they are fit for a particular position in the company generally people wants to be on top they want to be the head and control things it's a trait in mankind that is hardly subdued.
As a boss in a company you will always have tough choices and decisions to make as to who is fit for a position and who is not fit for a position so politics may be part of the game and one of the reasons why so many companies fall apart is because of the emergence of politics embezzlement schemes scandals and bradley as well so in order to end the politics in a company do not allow people vie for a position there should always be a panel that decides will becomes who by making research on your employers ability capability morality and even group value this way people will stop participating in politics because they will know that the company doesn't choose people for positions based on any yardstick they know of, they will stop the fighting for positions.
As a boss you must make it clear that politics in your company where you lead it's business and not the way to grow forward educate your workers on the negative aspects that politics can bring in a company let them know that politics will get them nowhere but hard work resilience and even transparency since you are the head of the company you have rights to make rules and laws that way knock out there the chances for people to participate in politics and vie for positions you have to make honest your priority as a boss so that others must follow suit when you show a tendency to be impressed by then things then it may be difficult for you to solve political problems in the office.
Do not make the salaries of top positions very lucrative so that people may not be influenced by the incentive of money ibis people hardly fight for a position if the money is not lucrative enough so this way there will be no politics or fighting for places or scheming and plotting against each other in order to buy favours
If I am a boss, of course I want my company to be the best, according to the definition of Politics according to the terminology of language is to regulate, improve and educate.
This means that I want politics in my company to be healthy and in accordance with the main goals and definitions, often we hear that politics is cruel, actually not, only certain people want to get their own desires regardless of others.
The main thing I have to do is, I will manage my company well, make appropriate standard operating procedures, I will pay the best experts to manage my company.
The second thing I have to do is evaluate the standard operating procedures that I already have, see strengths and weaknesses, if there are weaknesses I will improve them for the sake of the continuity of my company going forward.
The last is to formulate existing concepts and educate my employees to apply concepts that have been perfect to apply in my company, for the common good.
I would give People freedom to form their teams and establish democracy within those teams.
If there's a natural leader, people would be drawn to that team.
Then, I would take feedback from People who formed teams and those who didn't to find out why they made such choice, or perhaps choice was made for them.
Finally, I would have the peformance under a leadership evaluated and if I liked it, I would give bonus individually.
That way anyone can earn their way up the ladder on their own merit.
"That does not solve the office politics" you might say.
Office politics can be put to good use.
From double-crossing managers to colleagues who endeavor to undermine your work, connections and power are firmly sew in the workplace. A large number of us will be influenced by office politics sooner or later: 33% of workers fear going into work as a result of their associates, while it is assessed that three out of four representatives locate their manager the most unpleasant an aspect of their responsibilities.
Things being what they are, in the event that you are managing especially wily associates, how might you deal with the circumstance?
To settle a lethal work culture, you have to get included. Studies demonstrate that when individuals feel they don't have a place in a gathering, their physical wellbeing and prosperity dives – along these lines, in case you're feeling disconnected or rejected by negative office politics, it bodes well to attempt to make companions.
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In the event that one individual at work is the principle wellspring of contention, the most ideal approach to manage them is to join with your collaborators, says therapist Dr Mary Lamia. "Gathering against a domineering jerk will give unfortunate casualties bolster for their sentiments, since casualties of menaces are in danger of getting to be separated. Through consolidating and talking about the harasser's conduct, collaborators can contain the domineering jerk, who, with their conduct uncovered, loses the ability to threaten – and faces the risk of detachment."
This system likewise works with amusement playing partners – individuals with harassing propensities regularly attempt to disengage unfortunate casualties, so the more individuals you have on your side, the more outlandish you are to be exploited at work.
Report your time
When you are liable to associates' political strategies –, for example, assuming praise for your work – it's imperative not to strike back. "It's enticing to uncover the collaborator or supervisor before others, yet this can blowback," says official mentor Ray Williams.
You should be cleverer than that: "Ensure you archive your work completely and let colleagues and your supervisors' bosses recognize what you are doing and have done," exhorts Williams. This secures your notoriety: in the event that your work ethic is raised doubt about by partners, you, have an approach to demonstrate your profitability.
Try not to sink to their dimension
At the point when partners endeavor to make you look terrible or undermine you, it's enticing to do in like manner. Be that as it may, this can reverse discharge: you may seem to be trivial, and is probably not going to change your supervisor or associate's conduct.
A superior method to manage troublesome partners is to approach them for a private discussion, says Williams. "Smoothly ask them for what valid reason they acted how they did, as opposed to denouncing them." This is regularly the most ideal approach to change conduct, as it expects them to ponder their activities.
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Change the way of life from inside
Office politics ought to be taken a gander at as something that can be reframed into a positive, says Williams. "You should work to add to a culture at your organization that qualities individuals and disheartens mishandling individuals in any shape," he says.
The most ideal approach to do this is to adulate others, empower teamwork and be compassionate to your associates. By attempting to change the way of life to one of generosity and trustworthiness, you can make a superior situation for everybody.
Go only it
For a few people, the exertion of endeavoring to explore and even change poor office politics is excessively of a difficult task. In the event that you attempt the tips above and still discover your office a bad dream, there is a less difficult choice: dump the colleagues completely by working for yourself.