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10 Ways to Avoid Office Politics

How to Keep a Low Profile & Stay Out of Office Gutter Politics

4. Identify Backstabbers

As soon as you start socializing at a new job, it's essential to identify the gossip-mongers and backstabbers. These coworkers may want to take you under their wings initially, but such "friendship" comes at a price. Hold out for a better friend -- one who won't talk negatively about you when it's time for promotions, reviews, or layoffs.