Well at Work
Office Politics: Drop Out of the Race
Are you paranoid about office clicks and the gossip they spread at your job? Turns out, simply worrying about such things can end up causing you rejection from your colleagues, according to a new study published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada discovered that people who were more likely to interpret interactions with others as negative are also more likely to try to root it out through such means as eavesdropping or spying—tactics that breed further negativity and can only cause you more problems. The study also highlights that individuals who wanted clarification regarding rumors and self-perceived unfair treatment within a group were more likely to have angered their group members and be the focus of future rejection.
“It may be best to ignore impulses that tell you that you’re the victim of office politics,” says the lead author in a press release. “Our research shows employees should do their best to keep their interactions positive and ignore the negative. As the expression goes, kill them with kindness.”
While it’s natural to equate social status with power and compensation, do yourself a favor and stay focused on your workload at the office. Your managers will notice.