When it comes to thriving in an office space, one of the most underrated skills to have is being able to avoid drama at all costs. We’re not just talking about silly drama that’s easily side-stepped, such as a co-worker venting about their personal life. We’re talking about the serious drama that can turn a pleasant workplace into a truly hostile environment. Here’s how to avoid drama in the office.
Listen More, Do Less
If someone in the office has an issue with something or someone, and they feel comfortable venting to you, by all means listen to them. There’s no rule against that. But let your involvement end there, and don’t start becoming an active player in this drama tornado.
Don’t Let Things Escalate
In order to avoid drama, you need to be able to predict things before they occur. If something happens that makes you uncomfortable, the best thing to do is to nip it in the bud before it becomes a bigger problem. This will render the issue solved before things get too awkward.
Focus On Work
The best way to avoid drama is to treat your workplace like just that—a workplace. Focus on your professional tasks at hand and don’t allow yourself to get too sucked into whatever drama is going on.