Knowledge is a great power and a must to be a strong asset at any company. Soft skills are also very important to stay a strong asset and to have professional growth within a company. The strongest employees often have the best soft skills. One thing that employees will always have to deal with is office politics and power dynamics. Politics between people can be found in most aspects of life and especially in the workplace. Office politics can be stressful but there are many good ways and soft skills to handle them.
One of the best things to consider when dealing with office politics is the other person’s situation. It helps to understand another person’s perspective and how they are seeing things. Being selfish rarely helps, so being open minded can really help diffuse politics. Understanding that other people have different backgrounds and could have different challenges going on in their life is a major thing to remember. Being understanding and kind to others can go a long way.
Positivity is another great mindset to keep when dealing with workplace politics and colleagues. Negativity can push your team away and create a bad working environment. Creating a collaborative, understanding, and positive atmosphere will keep morale high and keep teams focused on tasks. I try my best to stay positive and keep a glass half full mindset. It will never help to be negative about a situation or project. Others can also feel your energy, so if you are a leader or want to become one, having a positive energy will create the best outcomes.
Another great skill to grow connections with coworkers and to become a strong asset is to know how to listen and understand others. A lot of problems occur when there is miscommunication and becoming a better listener will reduce some of these situations. To make sure you have heard others it could be helpful to repeat what others have said. This will help make sure that you have understood their intentions and you do not need to make any assumptions.
Office politics will always be prevalent and mostly unavoidable. Knowing how to deal with others and handle tricky situations can help keep a healthy work environment.