The Smartest Ways to Win Over Everyone in the Office
This won't be the ultimate guide to office politics, even if you have suspected that you would earn less after the coalition government came into power. This information could make you gutted about a dwindling bonus pot. You might be tempted to turn into an unscrupulous professional, but don't.
It won't be difficult to influence people in the workplace if you have good intention. and it doesn't matter if you're oozing with charisma. Your boss would admire someone who needs little (or no) supervision, but it has been proven that teamwork is the only way to go far and enjoy the journey. Keep in mind that this doesn't apply to your travel plans, where you're hoping to find some drinking buddies after settling in a full-moon party. (You would wish for it after looking at photos of Instragram users, most of whom are complete strangers. It could be discussed in another time and place, though.) There are a few things to keep in mind.
It may be difficult to smile after commuting (or walking) in the dark. It's a normal reaction to have that urge to quit (and do a remote job), but you might be up to more challenges. On the other hand, you seem to be a stoic employee who has read too many brooding tales. There's nothing wrong in asking a question or two on a colleague, finding out about the handling of the unusual conditions. (You could learn something if it would be different from you.) Make your presence known without your workmate(s) misinterpreting your gesture for something else. There's another thing, which could be more challenging than you think.
It would be seldom to meet a bitter employee in spite of having been to the continent one too many. You haven't crossed the channel, which would make you green with envy at times. (You're good at hiding it, though.) The (bitter) remarks would be directed at your other colleague, if not you. Don't treat it too seriously, such that you would react to it. (You wouldn't know if your reaction could be taken kindly or not.) Show your generous side (by offering a slice of cake). Invite that colleague to a tea break, and talk about anything. You could be sharing the same interest(s). If your workmate could motivate you to work harder (and save for your first holiday), then don't say anything. And one more thing.
You may want to make the first move on fostering camaraderie. Well and good (on your side). Here a warning: The pub won't be the right way.
You must take precautions on certain types of colleagues, though.
What to Do With These Workmates
How to deal with a Machiavellian? You may not hear of Niccolò Machiavelli's "The Prince", if not read it. There's no need to be anxious about it, as you could spot this individual. If your colleague is too suspicious of anyone, anything, then you have come across this kind of professional. And don't curse your (bad) luck. It would come down to motive(s). If it's a toxic (working) environment, then try to be nice to your colleague. You may be a confidant if you heard enough, but don't lose your patience. You can pretend that you won't recall everything after a week or two. You can figure out the motive behind such behavior and act accordingly. But do not be harsh.
What you must do with a narcissist? You can sweet talk your way out of it, but you couldn't do it frequently. There must be a reason behind that feeling of worthlessness, yet you're not keen to determine it. (A wise thing to do.) It would be better to let it pass, not talking about it until it would be brought up in a conversation (and everyone has that strange feeling). If it's getting into you, then you might want to invite this colleague to a drink (and get to the bottom of it). You must guess the outcome, if not the consequences, which would include your workmate throwing up. (And you would pay for cleaning your suit.)
How to make of a colleague who is frostier than Antarctica? You might be intrigued by this behaviour especially if you know Joseph Conrad's works too well. You may regret it, so keep a distance. It would be the best option if you've been hired recently, if not working for less than a year. It won't make any difference if that colleague has been working for some time. Don't be surprised if promotion would be the reason behind the coldness.
The Reality about Office Politics
Resources in the office would be an issue often tackled on a daily (or weekly) basis. It could be a contentious one as well, and this is where you must draw the line. You must determine if your workmates are stitching you up. If it means less talk on the unpredictable weather, then do it. You can bring up Leavesden, as you haven’t been to Warner Bros. Studios. There’s another Harry Potter fan in the office.