Identify the Backstabbers
The first thing to do is to identify the backstabbers. Be very careful when these people are around and try to keep your opinions, particularly about the organisation and co-workers to yourself. They often talk nice and get the information out, exaggerate it to others and then get you a bad name in the office. Being care is the single most important step. Also be careful and do not discuss your family life with these people as it can quickly become the talk of the town.
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Be Wary in Times of Change
Be extra careful when there is a change taking place within the organisation. Many people get edgy and try to be act smart when the new boss is arriving or new positions are being created. At this point the back stabbing is likely to be at its highest as just about everyone will try to get ahead of others and secure a better place within the organisation.
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Be in the Loop
Keep your eyes and ears open. Stay in touch with colleagues and keep a vigilant eye on the matters in the office. When you are aware of what going on, backstabbers are likely going to spare you, at least to some extent as they do not wish to be exposed.
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Make sure that you know everyone well including those that are in secretarial and support staff and your circle in the office is not confound to co-workers and bosses only. This is always good for you in general and if something is brewing, you may get to hear about it in advance.
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