- Unavoidable. In any practice of more than two people, some office politics is inevitable. But it doesn’t have to be toxic.
- Be transparent: Talk openly about the value of building connections during onboarding, induction, professional development, and supervision.
- Reframe: Highlight the value of networking, negotiation and relationship-building as core competencies for speech pathologists.
- Prioritise the team: Set incentives to promote information sharing, communication, and teamwork. Don’t set KPIs that encourage information hoarding, or competition between team members.
- Access: Outside supervision, ensure everyone has access to management, and that everyone has the same access to clinical resources and informal support.
- Check for biases: Be aware of the extra barriers that some team members face because of their background, gender, race or other factors, and insist on including everyone.
- Share stories: Ask team members to share examples of times when they have been helped by others, or leveraged relationships and resources to be effective in their roles.
Source: Wyatt, M. and Doldor, E. (2022). Office Politics Don’t Have to Be Toxic. Harvard Business Review, May 2022.
Hi there, I’m David Kinnane.
Principal Speech Pathologist, Banter Speech & Language
Our talented team of certified practising speech pathologists provide unhurried, personalised and evidence-based speech pathology care to children and adults in the Inner West of Sydney and beyond, both in our clinic and via telehealth.