One thing I know for sure is whenever we are conflicted on the inside, we attract conflict on the outside, and sometimes when it comes to office politics it might be you.
Office politics is part of every work environment. Hrb.org did a series about office politics that suggests women have a unique set of challenges when it comes to navigating office politics. Research shows that women are more likely to become nervous, uncomfortable, and stop talking in meetings when interpersonal conflicts and other political challenges arise.
When we shut up we shut down.
I understand that office politics is painful. One of the ways you can improve your political prowess is to strengthen your ability to communicate and heal the wounds that cause you to shut down. Even if past experience taught you to be conflict-averse, you can learn to stand tall, get back your voice, and speak out loud. Speaking out loud is key to taking care of yourself.
If you recognize any of these telltale signs in yourself, don’t wait until it’s too late to address the problem.