Cindy Novotny

Happiness at Work!


Every day at Master Connection Associates we conduct a line-up in our office where everyone gets ready for the productive day ahead.  Each week there is a theme we focus on which is related to our values and standards.  This week it was all about honesty.  

So today I thought I would write my blog around this topic with a different twist of how to avoid office politics and game playing in the workplace.

Although this should be something that we avoid just as smart adults, it runs rampant in most organizations.  Everyone talking about each other behind their backs, telling the boss what he or she wants to hear, siding with one group or another and not being honest in communication and feedback.

So how do you manage to stay out of the fray of office politics and stay happy?  Here are some Cindy tips for you:

  1. If you are leader, create a culture where you cut off the "behind closed door" conversations that start with ‘oh, I am not going to say who said this.’  I tell anyone on my team to tell me or never say that again.  It is such BS to hide behind that statement. Speak up and speak out!
  2. If you don’t like something that someone is doing, tell them and then tell their boss you told them to stop!  When did you wake up and decide it is not your responsibility to help the company be better?  You get a paycheck from this organization don’t you?  
  3. Don’t ignore the gossip – get to the bottom of it.
  4. When someone comes in to ‘tattle’ on someone else, immediately call the other person into the office so the THREE of you can discuss the issue – this will stop false rumors.  
  5. Be sincere in your communication.  When giving feedback to someone be sincere in wanting to help them get better and don’t let this person blow off the feedback.