Intrigues and schemers in the office
More than half of the office staff gladly participate in the intrigue. Of the remaining 50%, a large group mentally eliminates an opponent or spoils the life of the boss. Such colleagues do not resort to intrigues only because of the fear of being caught. When a team is small, it is easier to calculate schemers. In large corporations, the head is not easy. Have to recheck information and do not trust employees. Before drawing conclusions, find out who weaves intrigue at work and how to deal with schemers in the office?
Intrigue, what is it?
Let us analyze a specific example that occurs in every second company. A new employee comes to work. In a short period of time a person makes progress, gets a promotion, an award. The slave acquires customers, increases the company's profits and wages. With the increase in income, the newcomer acquires an expensive suit, a car. The boss is located to the employee and is ready to move forward.
But, in a large team there is always a subordinate who occupies a similar position and who has been sitting in the same place for 3-4 years.There is an envy that pushes people to bad deeds. Through the time to the chef, rumors are coming that the car, real estate and a new wardrobe are not the services of a subordinate, but the deception of the company, kickbacks, unfair deals, theft. Bottom line: a new employee who has made a quick career is one day dismissed without the right to rehabilitate.
Why is this happening? Managers are used to trusting people who have worked in the company longer than newcomers. Even if they are smart, smart and bring profit to the organization. If the boss had not been in a hurry, but had figured out the situation, he would probably have got to the bottom of the truth. And so he lost a good employee and some clients who went for an adequate manager.
So what is intrigue? These are any actions, words or actions that aim to influence the opinion of the boss or other employees. Intrigues never appear on level ground and pursue a specific result. In other words, the person manipulates the boss, creating information or distorting the data. In this case, the subordinate speaks convincingly and acts confidently.
Intriguers in the office, who are they?
It was felt that women are greedy for intrigue.In fact, on the basis of sex, meanness and envy are not divided. In the team there are men and women who want to manipulate the boss or substitute a colleague. But the goals of the opposite sexes are different. The task of men using slander to build a career. Women are not used to second roles. Each victory gives self-affirmation.
If we talk about the behavior of an intriguer, then this is an open, friendly and pleasant person. In some places they resemble a fox from children's fairy tales, who entertains ingratiatingly, slyly smiles, speaks sweetly and skillfully leads out secret secrets. What are the goals of such people? Intriguers in the office, who are they?
Career workers. The intrigues are woven with the sole purpose of moving forward at work. These are clever employees who carefully think through every step. It is difficult to catch such hot people. Subordinates show good results, skillfully weave networks and manipulate the boss. As a result, receive a long-awaited position.
Careerists-loafers. Unlike the previous category, the goal of these employees is not just to take a higher post. In the course are tricks and manipulation elements are connected in orderto disclaim responsibility and reduce workload. Such people find workhorses who plow for them. Intrigues give the results of other employees for their own.
People who eat energy. Energy vampires are present at work, at home, in transport, any environment. The task of these people is to bring those around them, to bring out feelings such as anger, irritation, aggression, resentment. While a colleague is being tormented, the vampire employee feeds on energy and triumphs.
Gray cardinals. Such subordinates do not rush to leadership positions, but are recognized by the team as an unwritten leader. These employees are not shy in expressions, they talk directly with the boss, they express their discontent in person.
Intrigues are twisted if a person appears at work who does not like the gray cardinal. Starts a mechanism aimed at eliminating a novice.
There are several schemers in the team, but they act alone. The exception to the rule is the situation when the new boss did not come to court. Then colleagues unite and set a goal to eliminate the boss at any cost. Often this situation develops in the women's team.Especially if the chef enjoys the location of the CEO or owner of the company. The spirit of rivalry pushes the girls to gossip, which quickly reaches the director. In order not to spoil his reputation, he makes the decision to fire the subordinate.
Intrigue cause significant damage to the company. The atmosphere inside the team deteriorates, conflicts arise, quarrels. Labor productivity is deteriorating, because the energy of employees is aimed at clarifying relationships. The company loses valuable personnel and competent employees. The leader remains in the circle of intriguers and realizes that he cannot trust anyone. What to do in this situation?
Give a talk. If an employee came to complain about a colleague or tell about an impending catastrophe, then listen carefully to the subordinate. Intrigues are able to present information. This is not ordinary slandering, but beautifully filed facts. You will get the impression that the main task of the employee is to take care of the fate of the company. After the ward's monologue ends, ask about the source of the information and thank for the signal. Do not allow hasty conclusions and harsh statements.Your words are immediately applied intriguing.
Interrupt the monologue with questions. The intriguer has his own scenario. Try to knock it off track. Ask where the information came from, where you heard, if it is verified data, whether it is important for the company. Ask the intriguer if he is sure that the information is worth your attention. Similar inquiries will suspend the activity of the gossip. If the employee backs up, you can be sure - you are an intriguer.
Request a written report. Listen to the report in a nutshell. As you understand the essence, arrange an employee check. Refer to the amusement, but tell me that the information is important. Ask your subordinate to prepare a written report with the slightest details. Such a decision is a subtle psychological device. Vroon will be afraid to confirm what he said in writing. It’s one thing to slander orally and another on paper. In the first case, you can always refuse the words, and in the second - the boss will have a written confirmation of the lie. Such a document will play against the schemer, and he understands that perfectly. In order not to scare away the truthful employee, ensure confidentiality.In any case, a written report is an opportunity to get concise information on the case, without unnecessary emotions and assumptions.
Push to the public statement. This is a tough method, resort to it, if you are sure that you have figured out the intrigue. Collect your colleagues and ask the gossiper to speak at all. Motivate the decision that the question concerns the whole team. This method will precisely discourage the hunt to weave intrigue from the employee who applied and other subordinates. But be careful in the conclusions.
If you make a mistake in the calculations of the schemer, then an unjustifiably disgraced employee will quit after a public appearance.
Another way to stop the flow of gossip is to talk one-on-one with an employee. Do not go to the charges, but make it clear that the information obtained was checked. Suppose that the subordinate made a mistake with the conclusions, therefore he brought false information. If you see that you hit the mark, then “finish off” the schemer. Put forward a theory why an employee dissolves gossip. An intriguer is most afraid that someone will reveal his brilliant plan.
Ordinary employee also can not be vigilant.At any moment he may become the next victim. It is important that you occupy a good position in the company and not be timid before the leadership. Do not hesitate to defend your name and fight with the klyuznik. Go to the boss, present the facts, show the work done, the correspondence with colleagues. Any evidence will do to save the reputation and hold on to the position held.
Receptions that use office schemers
Above, we considered the reasons why employees resort to gossip. It is not always the task of such a person to denigrate the enemy or eliminate a competitor. With the help of the ability to twist information gossipers twist from different situations. In other words, schemers expose other employees in order to avoid punishment. Another option is slander, covering inaction at work. So that you do not fall for this bait, we offer a list of tricks that are used by office schemers:
Appeal to sympathy and put pressure on pity. The situation occurs as follows. The responsible officer did not complete the task. On the rational question of the head “why”, a stream of whining follows.The options are different, the child got sick, the dog, the husband left, he quarreled with his parents. The reason depends on the imagination of the schemer. The task of such a subordinate is to soften the boss, knock out a reprieve, avoid punishment and a fine. Force majeure circumstances may arise from any employee. But, why the subordinate did not come earlier to explain the problems and warn about the delay. It turns out that the attitude to work is not responsible, but the reasons voiced, most likely a lie.
Do not allow yourself to manipulate yourself, ask the intriguer why he talks about his problems.
Substitute boss or colleague. Reception is pretty simple. An intriguing intruder understands that he has overwhelmed his work. After that, she runs to an experienced colleague or boss, sings the praises, bows to professionalism, and asks for advice. In fact, another employee makes a job for a gossiper. At this point, the task stops. What happens next? If the manager puts forward claims on the quality of the work performed, he gets the answer that he did not do such actions himself, but at the prompt of the chief or another employee.If the intriguer turned to you for help, then after a flattery of flattery, find out what the subordinate did to solve the issue. So let the employee know that you will not be able to manipulate.
He pretends to be a fool. The intriguer insists on not understanding how to do the job. Task issued incorrectly, no assistance provided. Do not take to your account. Ask the subordinate in detail that it is not clear what actions have been taken to date. As a result, find out that the intriguer did not start work, but made a stir, as the deadline for the delivery of the project is approaching. Thus, the employee prepares ways to avoid punishment.
Covered with untrue information. The unfulfilled task turns into a difficult task. For example, you are asked to find a person for a new position. After a set time, contact the personnel officer and find out that no one agrees, applicants disappear or do not come to the interview at all. Do not rush to draw conclusions. Ask the officer in charge to prepare a detailed report on which sources are involved in the placement of the vacancy, how many people responded to the position, the number of interviewers and contacts. Ask any clarifying questions.The truth will emerge quickly, with surprise, you will learn that no one was looking for a new employee.
Remember the basic rule. The schemers are afraid of the specifics. If you doubt the employee, then ask questions and ask for the facts. So you bring the slave gossip to the clear water.
We stop intrigue at the root
Gossipers are “born” in large groups, where there is someone to envy, and to get a raise you have to work 5-10 years. Intrigues appear in offices where workflow is not organized. Therefore, in particular, the blame for gossip and quarrels at work lies with the boss. How in the root to stop the intrigue?
Clearly assign responsibilities. In one department, 2-3 employees perform the same work. So that subordinates do not have the temptation to transfer responsibility to each other, think up how to divide the tasks.
Sign with employees a non-disclosure agreement. Envy leads to intrigue. If subordinates do not know the details of the salary, then do not resort to comparative analysis.
Validate corporate values. List the key points. When composing values, make a detailed description.The concept of "respect colleagues" each subordinate will perceive in their own way. Write specifically: “do not gossip, do not judge or discuss a colleague for the eyes.” For values to be fulfilled, strengthen them with regulations and incentives. So employees will be motivated to follow established rules.
Describe the criteria that assess the quality of the work performed. Such a step will give the employee an understanding of what the result seeks. Reduce indicators to specific numbers and data. Perform the work according to the established criteria.
With proper guidance, employees are motivated for the result, busy with business. Slaves have no time to envy and weave intrigues. The main thing is not to go to extremes. It is clear the desire to calculate the schemers and gossips. But, do it carefully. Do not turn into an incredulous and grumbling leader. So you will stop desire to work at responsible subordinates.