'I work in PR in a very gossipy office with lots of office politics and dramas. I try not to get involved, but the gossip and bitchiness are getting to me. What's the best way to cope?'
Some office environments are more prone to ‘bitchiness’ and gossip than others and it seems to be more common in those that are female-dominated. Perhaps you need to think about if you want to stay working in this sort of environment – though there’s no guarantee you won’t encounter this again elsewhere.
Below are some approaches you could try when workplace politics get out of hand:
For more information, Meredith Fuller’s book, Working with Mean Girls, provides current research and solutions for how you can identify and cope with bitchiness in the workplace.
Jo Messer is a Career Development Specialist who has many years of experience in supporting and guiding students and graduates of some of Australia’s most respected universities, as well as mature-aged clients, across all facets of their career. She is a Professional Member of CDAA and an active member of NAGCAS. Whether you have a specific question about how to achieve your career goal or something more general, Jo is available to provide you with up-to-date advice.