Workplace politics & working remotely as an SAP Contractor

Posted on October 2020 By Speller International
Workplace Politics

Whether you’re in the office or working from home, workplace politics exist. In fact, working remotely can often intensify issues that exist within the office.

Without the full picture and open communication of an office space, the rumour mill may be working overtime with assumptions and accusations from stressed and anxious employees. So how do you deal with the politics when you’re working remotely? Here are 5 strategies to consider.

Pay attention to who causes the issues

Be aware of who the troublemakers are and avoid gossiping with them, even if they raise the issues with you. The people gossiping usually have hidden agendas, such as searching for a promotion or looking to push someone out of their role. Stay focused on the people who make decisions and your role. This will give you the best chance of having your contract extended.

Don’t vent

You may find yourself frustrated with the restricted communication with remote working or feel as though not everyone is working as hard as you are. They may seem less efficient or are never online when you need them, however it’s important not to vent these frustrations. This will affect how other employees view you. Remember, a good reference from your employer is critical for your next SAP move so don’t vent.

Don’t fuel negativity

Avoid entering any negative conversations, particularly with influencers. You can still have meaningful relationships with people in the office without joining in on negative comments. Having a positive outlook in the workplace can go a long way, even as a contractor. Remember, it is a tough situation at the moment, and most people are trying their hardest to work around other challenges in their lives. So be patient and stay positive.

Engage with your co-workers online

Network with the people in your company, not just the people in your immediate circle. Build relationships and don’t be scared of reaching out to people in other departments and getting to know the people at the top. Even though you may not be in the office, it’s never been easier with MS Teams or Slack to chat to other team members and build connections. But remember not to align yourself too closely to a certain group. This will help you avoid being the subject of office politics.

Focus on your job

It is hard to ignore rumours, especially when they revolve around someone you know. Yet the worst thing you could do as a contractor is get involved in these issues. It not only will do nothing to solve the problem, it can make you look unprofessional and potentially affect your relationship with your employer. Focus on your job and you can’t go wrong.

Political offices can be tricky to work in, especially when you’re working remotely and don’t have the benefit of face to face interactions. However, you must remember that this is your career and it’s important to stay professional, even when you may be tempted to get involved.

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