“Office politics” are the strategies people use to gain advantage for themselves or to support a cause. The term’s negative connotation derives from the fact that usually people seek advantage at the expense of others or the greater good.
Negative politicking often adversely affects the working environment and the relationships within it.
Good politicking, on the other hand, helps you fairly promote yourself and your cause in a context of networking and stakeholder management.
Beware of these types of politicians:
Climbers: They aspire to advance themselves at any cost. They are so focused on advancement that they will do anything- right or wrong.
Takers: They will constantly sap your time for help, advice, or ideas. They will “take,” but rarely reciprocate.
Bus Drivers: These people are the ones that use your back to propel themselves forward-they will throw you under the bus to get ahead.
Paycheck Getters: They do the bare minimum, doing exactly what they are told to do. They don’t go beyond the assignment.
HOW TO COMBAT OFFICE POLITICS AND GOSSIP
You can rise above this type of behavior and set the example for others and remember, never tire of doing the right thing!