Establishing transparent and direct communication channels through verbal and written commnunication consistently could help keep politickers at bay. 'If you work this way, people around you will understand and even possibly respect you for it. It also helps in building trust at the workplace,' says Vipul Singh, VP and head of HR at ADP India.
This is particularly important for larger teams as different people hold different perceptions owing to various circumstances. Transparency can be achieved by being genuine in all your interactions. 'Not succumbing to judging people based on hearsay will only help one being perceived as more open and genuine,' says Singh.