Dealing with Office Politics

Formats: 4-hour virtual course  |  1-day instructor-led onsite

This course deals with navigating the perceptions, dynamics, and interpersonal relationships that impact office politics. You will learn how to communicate effectively, recognize office political structures, and raise your standing in the workplace with superiors, colleagues, and subordinates.

Learning Objectives »

  • Distinguish between good and bad office politics.
  • Understand how bad office politics can spread.
  • Apply strategies for managing office politics.
  • Navigate challenges for managing office politics.
  • Resolve conflict and develop open communication.
  • Develop team goals and values.
  • Apply techniques for long-term collaboration.

Course Agenda »

Understanding Office Politics

  1. Good vs. Bad Office Politics
  2. Social and Power Dynamics
  3. Types of Office Politicians
  4. The Pathology of Office Politics
  5. Recognizing Symptoms of Bad Politics
  6. Rumors, Gossip, and Half-Truths

Managing Office Politics

  1. Changing Company Culture
  2. Building Positive Work Relationships
  3. Effective Communication Skills
  4. Setting Team Goals and Values
  5. Encouraging Respect and Ground Rules
  6. Treatments for Turning Politics Around
  7. Conflict Resolution
  8. Maximizing Collaboration