Published on March 10, 2014
How to Survive Hardball Office Politics 5 Unwritten Rules You Need to Know to ‘Play the Game’ to Win
Toxic office politics . . . Some co-workers seem to suck the air out of the room, don’t they?
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But you can bloom where you are planted.
The 5 Unwritten Rules You need to know the 5 Unwritten Rules.
The 5 Unwritten Rules THIS IS FAMILY Rule #1: People you work with are not ‘Family’
The 5 Unwritten Rules THIS IS NOT FAMILY People you work with are focused on: • Making money • Staying employed • Maybe even ‘getting ahead’
The 5 Unwritten Rules THIS IS NOT FAMILY Your welfare is not their top concern. If it’s ‘you’ against ‘them,’ guess whose interests win?
The 5 Unwritten Rules I can tell a lie? Rule #2: Honesty is not always the best policy
The 5 Unwritten Rules Is your boss’s homely grandchild ‘adorable’? Of course!
The 5 Unwritten Rules Would you throw yourself under a bus for the company? Sure!
The 5 Unwritten Rules Rule #3: Bullshipping is sometimes a good idea.
The 5 Unwritten Rules Have you lost weight? Great speech, boss! Ah hah hah hah. That joke was hilarious, boss! That’s amazing, boss. I love [stamp collecting/etc.] too! & don’t forget to work hard (& to be nice to your co-workers too.) Observe the masters of bullshipping. It’s an art. Learn from them.
The 5 Unwritten Rules Rule #4: Don’t share personal problems with your co-workers.
The 5 Unwritten Rules You broke your heart? Your basement flooded? You broke your leg? Be cool, calm & collected. Look outside the workplace for shoulders to cry on.
The 5 Unwritten Rules There will be a $5 charge for Whining You gain points for showing how you handle a setback by taking it in stride.
The 5 Unwritten Rules EXCEPTION: In the case of truly serious problems, such as life-threatening illnesses or a death in the family, share what you need to with your supervisor, bosses, and Human Resources. They may be able to reassign your workload temporarily, or arrange a paid or unpaid leave of absence. Decency and kindness should prevail. EXCEPTION to Rule #4: This does not apply to Serious personal problems.
The 5 Unwritten Rules BE INVINCIBLE BONUS INSIGHT: Never have a ‘Problem.’ Talk ‘Challenges’ versus ‘Problems.’
The 5 Unwritten Rules Rule #5: Know that Information = Power
The 5 Unwritten Rules Swiftboating - attack by a political opponent who twists the truth to make working on a book? No wonder your plus a minus. You’reconcentrate enough at work. you don’t Home schooled? You must be one of those weirdos. You moonlight? So that’s why you slack off here in the office. You went to a prep school? You must be an elitist snob. You’re active in [fill-in-the blank ethnic] club / [f-i-t-b] church? You must have a parochial outlook. Sharing too much personal info leaves you vulnerable to ‘swiftboating’
The 5 Unwritten Rules Google ‘Monica Lewinsky & Linda Tripp.’ ‘Talk into this flower.’ ‘Nuff said. Don’t seek confidants at work.
The Boring Strategy SAFE TOPICS: • Restaurants (but not nosebleed pricey ones.) • Sports • Recipes • The Weather Limit your conversation to Safe Topics.
How to Handle ‘Nosy Parkers’ • Smile & don’t answer. If he repeats the question, ask ‘Why do you ask?’ • Smile & change the subject. NOTE: Always be pleasant as you deflect the NP. They will catch on (that you are not a doofus). Nosy Parker – co-worker who persists in trying to ferret out your personal info.
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