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We recently ran an article about why it's imperative for successful employees to engage in office politics. But as in the case everywhere, reasonable people will disagree. And that includes the writers at Salary.com. So here's the flip side of the office politics coin.
Office politics occur in most workplaces. When employees spend hours per day together and vie for the same promotions and raises, competition is inevitable. Some people claim office politics are an essential part of the workplace, but others see it as a needless and potentially lethal part of office culture that kills morale and strains relationships.
So what can you do to prevent your career and personal life from being damaged by rampant office politics and gossip?