06/21/2012 11:45 am ET

10 Things I've Learned From Workplace Politics

  1. They say you shouldn't burn bridges, and that's true. But I've burned bridges before, and it's hard not to be angry sometimes if you feel like you've been taken advantage of. The trick is to buck up and apologize if you've made a mistake, and try to be professional. it might take a few months for some water to flow under the bridge, but it's worth it. In my experience, people really respect somebody who can admit their mistakes and confront a situation honestly.
  2. Sometimes you can be professional and it doesn't make a difference. If you are in a situation that is really not working, keep your head up and look for something new. Just stay professional. You're better than that, right?

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