Office politics can be a tricky affair. It’s easy to say the wrong thing when you’re under stress or you feel you’ve been treated unfairly.
Maybe you’ve caused offense by criticizing someone in an un-constructive manner. Or perhaps it’s you who’s been criticized — and you’ve responded by trying to shift the blame. It’s easy to put your foot in your mouth when you’re working alongside a variety of hard-working people in a stressful environment.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry. It’s possible to speak honestly at work without offending others, but it does take a little shift in perspective. When a problem arises, don’t think about how you can avoid it — instead, see how you can be a part of solving it.
So next time trouble arises at work, think before you speak — it could be the beginning of a beautiful opportunity!