We spend so much time with our colleagues that we are bound to get on each other’s nerves. There may be some drama in the office occasionally, but it doesn’t mean that you have to be involved in it.
What are some of the ways in which you can avoid being in the middle of it?
Firstly, avoid the troublemakers. Those are the people who are always gossiping and stopping by your desk to complain about something or other. Limit your time with these people, because if you are seen hanging around with them frequently, people are going to think you’re just as much of a gossip as they are, and you don’t want to be guilty by association.
If you’re going to gossip or discuss the drama going on at work, at least wait to do it until you’re out of the office. Everyone needs to vent their frustrations from time to time, but pick an appropriate place to do it. You don’t want to be in the middle of a gossiping session about Sarah at work, only for Sarah to walk past and hear you (#Awkward). This is going to be very uncomfortable for you and make you look like an untrustworthy troublemaker, but you could also get into trouble if Sarah decides to bring this up with your manager. So, wait until you’re outside of your office, and make sure you’re not within earshot of anyone from work before you start to discuss office goings-on.
Know when to confront the situation. If you feel that you have to confront the situation, maybe the drama involves you, make sure that you don’t escalate the situation further. If the ‘drama’ is regarding an email sent to you, you may be tempted to send a fiery email back. Take a step back from the situation. It has been shown that giving yourself a minute to assess the situation and consider your response will mean that you will respond in a more appropriate manor. Talking in person will mean that you can clear any misunderstandings up there and then, instead of sending long winded emails back and forth, where people can be misunderstood and the email could be misread. Make sure that the discussion doesn’t turn into a heated one, and it is a calm situation in which you can understand each other’s perspectives.
To avoid office dramas, the simplest thing you can do is to just stay clear of them all together, and if a co-worker tries to talk to you about it, or get you involved, just use the blanket statement of “It’s none of my business” and move the conversation on.
How do you deal with office dramas? Comment below!