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Friday 7 June 2013

Ways to stem politics at the workplace

Workplace politics, whatever the reason, could hamper an employee's performance and affect team fabric. Hence it is crucial for team leaders to be able to handle such situations deftly. Rica Bhattacharyya finds out how they can do so. 

Keep the Structure Lean 

"Bureaucracy adds to the competitive and negative environment. Lean structures, on the other hand, reduce the chances of such situations," says Sudhir Dhar, senior VP & head — HR, Motilal Oswal Financial Services. 

Create Open Forums 

Dhar gathers his entire team at the start of each week to discuss the action plan. Each team member is given an equal chance to communicate, and all other members are aware of the required information about his work. "Open communication channels like these can stem the opportunity for politics within teams," he says. 

Resolve it Immediately 

If a leader sees even a hint of politics at the workplace, he or she should deal with it immediately. "Confrontation meetings, counselling and mediation can prevent major damage at the workplace," says Dhar. 

Depend on Informal Networks 

A leader should have first-hand knowledge of such through his or her internal networks. "Building relationships within the team and cross-functionally helps in building this informal network, which can keep you updated and ultimately help in knowing about workplace politics," says Dhar. 

Maintain Openness 

It is the responsibility of the leader to maintain and encourage an open and transparent culture at the workplace so that such situations can be best avoided or nipped in the bud. "If enough transparency is maintained when any team member is appreciated or criticised, an open culture develops throughout the organisation. This will leave no scope for biases or gossip," says Dhar.