Life Coaching: 4 Steps for avoiding the Stress of Office Politics

avoid-office-politcsAnyone who has worked in an office knows the stress and angst that office politics can cause. At-desk wars between co-workers struggling for power, and clashes of personality, make for a highly dysfunctional working environment. If you’re not careful, you find yourself dragged into this politicking: and that wastes your time and energy, and, quite frankly, can ruin your day. Soon enough, you find yourself hating a job you once loved as your own personal productivity suffers along with that of the entire office.


With these 4 simple life coaching steps it is possible to avoid all of the stress and strain of politics at work. Life coaches come across this particular problem on a regular basis, so using these life coaching steps is a tried and trusted method to make sure you stay out of the line of fire when the office politicking begins.

      1.  Take care of business

Never lose sight of the reason for your seat at your desk. Keep yourself busy attending to your daily tasks and remaining hyper-focussed on them. This will make you unavailable for the office politicals to pick on. Make sure your colleagues know you have deadlines to hit, and that all your attention has to be on your work. Of course, be polite when doing so.

      2.  Take pride in being professional and polite

If you take pride in your work, and approach it professionally and with a smile, your work will benefit. It’s the same with your working relationships. Be professional and courteous to all. Don’t be shy on complimenting others for work, attitude, or appearance. Refuse to join in the negative back-stabbing contests, and be diplomatic – even when the target of negativity is you, try to find a positive rebuttal. A positive, professional attitude needs to be practiced, but once perfected you’ll be able to calm any situation.

      3.  Remain on the fence

The third of the life coaching steps to deal with office politics is often considered to be the most difficult. It’s imperative for you to remain neutral at all times. You may feel that one point of view is the right one, but if you’re seen to take sides then your opinion will be less sought as time goes by. Taking sides drags you into the politics you are trying to avoid.

      4.  Surround yourself with positives

Always restudent the positive things about your work, and that includes the people you associate with. Simply gravitating toward those with a like-minded positive attitude will make your work life less stressful. They will offer support, help, and advice when you need it. You’ll find your day slips by.

Taking these 4 life coaching steps in the office will help you to remain confident and perform to the top of your ability at all times. You’ll find the office politics leave you alone, and every day will be one of accomplishment and fun. And isn’t that the real point of living? Take a life coaching course today to become an expert.

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Glen James Murdoch

Glen Murdoch is the founder and CEO of The Life Coaching College. He has a long history of working with Athletes and Teams as a Performance Coach and Analyst and has developed Australia's number 1 Life Coaching Program - The Advanced Diploma in Coaching.