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Being political savvy in the workplace is a valuable skill to survive and work your way up the career ladder, especially if you are a woman. However, it is not something we can learn in universities. So, how do you deal with office politics? What kind of advices or suggestions do you think would work in this case?

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I got so tired of having to deal with office politics that I left the corporate world and started my own business. As scary as it was at first, it is the best thing I did.
To be honest, I don't like office politics at all. However, I have been advised many times by friends and mentors to build strong alliances in the workplace if I want to survive there. I guess trying to get along with your colleagues is just as important as doing a good job. And you should let people know your achievements, so that you have someone to recommend you for a promotion. Learn not to gossip because most secrets get out eventually.
But you know what, if you feel you can't stand the office politics anymore, call it quit. I know many people working from home or building a business of their own.
Mostly by keeping my head down and trying not to get involved in any squabbles. This doesn't always work but it's the best I have managed so far.
Just by getting on with the job and not getting involved. Most of the people who gossip and try to make life hard for others aren't in a position to make influential decisions anyway.
I agree with Ivana. This is exactly what I did in August 2011 - as I was fed up with it, and the corporate world as well. Was scary at first, and the best decision I have ever made in my life is to be a contractor/my own boss since. However, with my main client - I do have to go to the office when I work with them as a contractor through my own company three days a week. My newly promoted role with them means I have to deal with people all the time and sometimes angry clients, yet I never get involved. I can always slam the office door shut and do some work if it gets too much - or take my work home in rare cases. Yet, thankfully they're a small, private media agency and not a large business.
Stay right away from it. Can be toxic to the nth degree.
Just keep eyes & ears open, that will keep you 'up-to-date', but make no comment.
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