Politics Of Internship

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Office politics is an icky topic that overwhelms us with nausea. It’s defined as a master plan that people use to gain a competitive advantage over their peers in the workplace. Maybe you’ve heard terrifying tales about toxic co-workers from your relatives. Or, maybe they’ve warned you to watch your back.

Whatever the case is, understand this: workplace politics often brings about adverse repercussion in the company, but only if the system is abused. At the end of the day, the problem boils down to one thing: communication. Having said that, your first taste of an internship need not be a frightening one. Here are 3 habits to help you nail it at the office.

Thou Shalt Not Gossip

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Ah yes, the subject that everyone instinctively fear: gossips. Much to our dismay, we found out that the virtual Burn Book still very much exists in the adult world. It’s tempting to gossip, especially when we’re in a stressful situation. According to some studies, shared dislikes create a stronger social bond than shared positives.

How disappointing is that? Gossips cause serious hurt to the culprit and the other party. If you have a habit of tittle-tattling and would like to be kinder, here’s a quick tip. As Neil Gaiman said it, “Fake it a little bit at a time.” If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. This takes time and patience. Dump this guilty pleasure. You’re better than that.

Thou Shalt Set An Example

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Take inspiration from these 3 spectacular role models. If there’s no role model in the workplace, set an example. When you’re setting a good example, it pushes other people to follow suit. There are a couple of things you can do to get in your boss’ and co-workers’ good books. Here are some ideas below. Do these and Miss Manners would be proud of you.

  • Have an optimistic outlook
  • Take responsibility
  • Treat everyone with respect and kindness
  • Offer constructive feedback

Thou Shalt Embrace The Organisational Perspective

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A wise man once said, “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” If you have a nasty co-worker who’s always bringing you down, the first thing you want to do is not let your personal feelings get in the way of your job duties. You should always, always remain professional.

For instance, if you’re voicing an opinion on a project that’s led by the said co-worker, make sure that you use an organisational perspective and not a personal one. Get prepared, keep your feelings in check and be confident. This is not called weak. This is called rising above it.

 

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