An office with no drama is often unheard of. Just about all offices has it’s fair share of scandal. Regardless of how hard you try to avoid office politics, it may be difficult at times. Staying clear of your co-workers personalities and the drama that they try to involve you in can be a bit challenging.
The next time the office gossip or mess maker is up to their old tricks, give these tips a try and stay clear of the drama that they bring with them.
You may want to complain along with your peers and although you are human, the best thing you can do for yourself is stay neutral and don’t voice a specific opinion. Keep your frustrations to yourself because the person you call “bestfriend” calls someone else “bestfriend” and before you can utter the words “complaint”, they my betray your trust and share your secrets.
Use work equipment for work
If your job is centered around your computer, then you may have access to email or IM. A huge mistake many employees make is assuming you are not being watched. Companies often monitor what their employees do with office materials and the last thing you want to do is get busted for using office equipment to talk about the person sitting next to you or your supervisor.
Keep your personal life to yourself
Keep details about your personal life private. Don’t talk about your cheating boyfriend or your problem with alcohol. If you do, you are setting yourself up for being gossiped about.
Stay clear of bad influences
If you go to lunch or hang out with the office gossip on a daily basis, you’re more likely to be placed in the same category that they are placed in. You may be a completely different person, but people will assume the worse of you because of the people you associate yourself with.
Attend After-work affairs with caution
It’s okay to go to the company Christmas party or to a friends birthdy party. If you decide to hang out with co-workers after work, make sure you are on your best behavior. The last thing you want to do is be the topic of discussion at work the next day.