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10 Ways to Avoid Office Politics

How to Keep a Low Profile & Stay Out of Office Gutter Politics

8. Communicate with Your Boss

Are you hoping to land a raise or promotion? Don't let your boss find out about it through the grapevine. Most managers are busy -- they want problem-solvers. You can make a decision easier for your boss by letting him/her know you're interested in advancing. Your boss might also give you tips for improvement or steps you need to take to get promoted.