Navigating the Water Cooler — a Look into Office Politics

November 25th, 2014

The ideal organization is one where everyone is on the same team, working together to achieve a company’s short-term and long-term goals in an efficient manner. Unfortunately, not all organizations are ideal. Office politics and hidden agendas sometime hamper operational efficiency and adversely affect the company’s bottom line. Don’t think that the healthcare industry is immune from this issue.

You needn’t let office personality issues impact your job performance or the operation of the company as a whole. What follows is a closer look at navigating the water cooler and succeeding at work by using office politics to benefit both you and your employer.

Always remember what the philosopher Plato said: “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

Finding Out the Influential at your Workplace

Sometimes analyzing who’s the most influential at your company doesn’t necessary follow an organizational chart. At your organization, it is vital to find out who are known for mentoring others; who are considered to be your firm’s intellectual leaders, and who are looking out for their own interests at the expense of the company’s.

Your ultimate success depends on building good relationships with everyone at your company, without becoming too attached to a clique or one group to the detriment of another. Be sure to listen closely when hanging out with your co-workers, instead of saying something gossipy that might harm any future prospects for additional responsibility.

Always remain Positive

Remaining positive while navigating the world of office politics is a great way to ensure you don’t get bit in the end. Stay above the fray; focus on performing above expectations, and learn how to use your growing influence wisely. Remember that honesty and integrity always serve you better than otherwise.

If you need any additional input on career development, talk to the experts at Pinnacle Workforce. As one of the top staffing agencies in the healthcare industry, we employ the top notch recruiters to help ensure your career stays on the right track. Schedule a meeting with Pinnacle today!



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