Navigating Office Politics: Strategies & Explanation

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  • 0:03 What Are Office Politics?
  • 0:37 Self-Promotion
  • 1:28 Protection from Unfairness
  • 2:17 Unspoken Office Dynamics
  • 3:15 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Sean Kennedy

Sean has 8 years experience as a supervisor and has an MBA with a concentration in marketing.

Navigating the different elements that come with office politics is difficult for some employees. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to self-promote, protect yourself from unfairness, and understand office dynamics.

What Are Office Politics?

Office politics is a strategy people use to help them be more successful and possibly get ahead in the workplace. Individuals use different types of politics to try and have a strong presence in the office. Individuals can use social networking for the greater good of the office, or to gossip. Office politics consists of self-promotion, building strong relationships, and paying attention to how communication flows in the office. It is vital to have a workplace filled with open communication that is healthy, and is welcoming to all employees.


When working in business with all different personality types, it is vital for you to self-promote. You need to make sure management knows your strengths and what you have accomplished. It is crucial to make contacts with others in the organization as well. It is essential to create a diverse network of contacts within the organization to be able to have knowledge of the different structures within the company. Creating a positive work presence in the office will allow both management and your peers to recognize you.

An example of self-promotion would be to utilize your break time, by sitting down with different individuals throughout the organization. Allow your coworkers the ability to get to know you, and make sure you portray yourself in a positive light. Another way to self-promote is to help some of your peers out if they are struggling with work. Offering your help is a great way to show you're knowledgeable in different areas, and that you're a team player.

Protection from Unfairness

As an employee, you should have a good relationship with people in your organization that are the decision makers. It is vital to ensure that they're aware of the job you do, and that you're someone who can be trusted. Unfairness can come in the form of negative feedback by a coworker, or possibly an employee claiming you're not performing your job ethically. To protect yourself from unfairness, you should have all documentation when you complete a job to prove you're doing your job correctly. It is vital to try and have a good rapport with all employees, and if a worker does make a false claim, management will be familiar with your strong work ethic. If management is being unfair, it is essential to talk to HR to explain the negative experience you're having with management. The most important thing is doing your job, doing it well, and never feeding into negative gossip.

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