What do you think of when you think of a fox?
The words sly, cunning, resourceful might come to mind, amongst others. The reality is most workplaces will have some people that behave in this way at work.
There might be others who are more like sheep, mules or owls, I’ll leave you to think about what those might mean. It’s not about the adjectives associated with these animals being good or bad, but behaviours being used appropriately at work to create a positive working environment. Negative ‘office politics’ frequently leads to many unhelpful outcomes, including poor decision making, lower productivity and a lack of trust. It is also the second biggest cause of workplace stress in the UK.
Companies that actively focus on their culture and the political environment as an important part of that, frequently perform better than companies who don’t, reduce the amount of time employees are off sick and retain their people for longer too.
Understanding as an individual and as a team how you can be more positively politically savvy are key skills for improved individual career progression and company performance. Relationships with clients and prospects are extremely important, but so are internal relationships so that people work well together to deliver great client service effectively, and at the same time develop their own career prospects.
To help you think about this important topic in more detail – including how you perceive others and how you may be being perceived, as well as understanding the ‘political animals’ in more detail, I will be running a free webinar to help you think about this topic in more depth on 21st May, you can sign up (and also receive the recording) here.
Growing your knowledge on this topic will definitely affect your degree of career success and the performance of your organisation.