Preventing Office CliquesJudah Hirsch
Eden Sher, an American actress, said once, “I remember the general anxiety of teenager, and I remember establishing some sort of appearance based on what my peers would think. And cliques, oh my God, the worst. The worst!” This quote may seem out of place, but, guess what? Cliques thrive even in the workplace! If you think groupings are a thing of the past, think again because according to a study by CareerBuilder, 43% of people interviewed say that their offices are populated by cliques. nike air max tn soldes The people in these cliques are the employees who socialize in and outside of the office and often exclude others. It may seem- nay, it is- immature and should have disappeared with age, people are truly creatures of habit and some habits die hard. nike air tn One of these habits is for people to group with like-minded people or at least similar to them, thus, the persistence of office cliques. However, office cliques can do a lot of harm in the workplace because not only do they make some workers feel alienated, they can also keep projects from reaching their potential and may also distract employees from doing their best work. Let me, in this article, contribute some tips and steps that may be considered by both management and rank and file employees. For the regular employees, the first step that may be taken is to spend time with different colleagues, not only with a single group because this allows you to get to know a variety of people at work. bottes ugg bailey button pas cher This is also to avoid being associated with just a single group which will give you the benefit of having more support outside of your usual circle, to mingle with different-minded people, and to learn from other departments in your company. Secondly, do not allow yourself to be intimidated or unsettled by an office clique. Office cliques have no formal power so you only need to focus on your job, maintain a courteous professional attitude, and treat all of your colleagues, in a warm and well-mannered way. timberland soldes Office clique will be less likely to wield any influence over your reputation if you are well liked as an individual within your organization. Third, develop relationships with individual members of cliques. This is especially needed if a clique is not warming up to you and you want to avoid being seen as a social outcast by that group. Officiel Christian Louboutin People are more accommodating toward new friendships if approached one on one without the pressure of being surrounded by their peers. Fourthly, maintain a good group of friends outside of the office. This is to allow you to take a breather from office politics and not depend only on your colleagues at work. Having a life and real friends outside of the office will lessen the need to conform to office cliques. For the owners and managers, the first thing to do is to recognize that cliques do exist. Open communication with all employees should be established where such employees may openly discuss about feelings of alienation without fear of retaliation. Employees may also confidentially approach management about information and other issues about office cliques. Secondly, when dealing with office cliques during talks and general meetings, do not openly blame anyone nor expose the people who informed on the cliques. Placing blame or naming the accusers will not eliminate cliques but may actually make groupings flourish while making the accusers feel more alienated. Third, office policies that will prevent office cliques from forming may be implemented. Policies that will punish rumor-mongering employees, employees who harass colleagues, or those who openly exhibit discriminatory behaviors may be formulated and implemented. Employees may also be encouraged to leave highly-sensitive political or religious topics out of the office to avoid alienating individuals with conflicting points of view which may lead to conflicts. Fourth, organize workshops to educate employees about the types of discrimination and harassment that are prohibited in the workplace. It is possible that there are employees who do not realize that some of their behaviors actually estrange other people. Workshops on conflict-resolution strategies and communication skills will help employees employ more productive ways to interact with one another. Team-building activities will help employees get to know one another and become comfortable working together. nike huarache Lastly, create projects or tasks that will require a team of employees to work together. Periodically shuffle the team members as much as possible for different tasks.