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Making it out alive in the treacherous world of office politics

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A shared charitable cause

Helping to raise funds for local or national charities can give staff a shared sense of achievement as well as a sense of perspective on whats really important in life. A charitable campaign can be a great way to get people from disparate departments talking to each other.

Find time for fun

Getting to know colleagues outside work hours can really help to drive team spirit. Try and come up with activities that suit everybody such as seasonal office parties or staff training away days. However, it also important to respect the wishes of those who dont always want to take part forced fun is a faux pas.

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Reworking office politics

Duplicitous, self-serving, backstabbing these are just some of the words used to describe office politics. It is fair to say that over time office politics has established a bad reputation. But is it really just a maligned and misunderstood concept

The Collins Dictionary defines office politics as the ways that power is shared in an organisation or workplace and the ways that it is affected by the personal relationships between the people who work there. The words that really stand out from this definition are shared and personal relationships .

If the essence of office politics is human interaction, is it time for a rethink The revised angle would be to approach office politics as a platform for diplomacy rather than duplicity.

Essentially a disjointed team will never be as productive as one that collaborates and encourages each other. A few simple steps can ensure that the office environment remains harmonious to the benefit of individual staff, and the organisation as a whole.

With a change of perspective, rather than learning to survive office politics, organisations can thrive in this environment.

Richard Morris is UK CEO at Evans Easyspace

This handful of alternative corporate away days could help shake things up.

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