Don’t Campaign or Vote in Office Politics

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It’s tough to win in office politics when you're the new kid on the block. Avoid gossip and the rumor mill, and watch out for snakes and wolves!

People and situations to avoid in the workplace, especially if you are new

It’s tough to win in office politics when you are the new kid on the block. The first 30 days are reserved for learning: the goals, the polls, the roles, the moles and the tolls.

As tempting as it may be, especially if you are invited, make no speeches, sign no petitions, and debate no positions.  Do ask questions, make notes, seek to know and understand the dynamics, the flow and the go of your new place and space.

Avoid gossip and rumor mills, too.

Not all of the people you meet on the job may be good for you. They may have behavior patterns that will hurt and harm you and others. Some of them are easy to spot, but some are not quite so transparent.

Consider these tips when making friends at work:

Gossips: If you hear someone talking about someone else, take note. If they will talk about others to you, then they will talk about you to others.

Rumor Mills: If you repeat what a gossip says to you, then you have just started working in a rumor mill. The greater the output of the rumor mill, the greater the destruction.

Watch out for snakes and wolves!

It’s a jungle out there, and you may encounter some dangerous characters. Snakes are people who are very good at shading the truth. Beware of people who speak with forked tongues.

Also keep an eye out for the nice, friendly and sometimes attractive wolves. A soda break becomes lunch, then a breakfast, and finally a dinner invitation – “business of course.” But what they really have in mind is you – as the main course.

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