A. A topic wherein personal experience can be very useful, we live in a world that is highly competitive and almost everyone in the office or the workplace want to get that extra credit, that juicy promotion, that extra bonus points with the boss or the team leader.
B.Half the job would be done if only we can find out about these people before they can cause a major disturbance in our professional career.
1.With regards to back stabbers, often our gut feeling or inner instinct proves to be correct. For instance a colleague or a so called friend who looks fine, but their is something worrying about his or her plans or behaviour and you can't put your finger exactly on what's wrong.
2.It could be a person who seems to have two different set of thougths and interactions with you and within the team. A person who seems to be over sweet and over patronising. A colleague who sides without with false sympathy and is always subtly trying to gather information about your plans and ideas.
At work, when you are alway beaten to the finish line, be it appreciations from the boss, work completed on time, apprasials becoming difficult, sudden change in the attitude of the team leader or the higher authorities etc.
3.It could be even people who seem to be around you when you hold something important in your hands or you hold something very useful to them and the same people ignore you on other days.
4.Each office would have the office sneak, the favourite of the boss who without any integerity leaks personal and private information about colleagues to the boss. Similar each team will have people who are used to ride on the coat tails of other colleagues. These people allow others to do all the hardwork and at the crucial time step and take credit and dues for the entire work/porject.
C.The best approach is to always trust people with a pinch of salt. Be alert and on the look-out for subtle changes and pointed questions or conversations aimed to gather your future/secret plans.Don't speak out loud about your intentions and plans. Hold a few cards close to your chest. With people who are colleagues, maintain a information barrier and don't give away all our emotions and inner thoughts.When things don't go the plan at the office, when you are pulled up unneccesarily, when you find yourself at the receving end or often have extra work think carefully and recall the conduct/intentions of the so called good workmates.
If there in an internal higher vacancy, overseas job project visit and important meetings coming up, please always assume that there would be a handful of people who would do anything to secure the chance for themselves, so be watchful and prepare well and use your discretion about sharing everything you know about the subject or event.
D. Friends and co-employees are also humans who have the basic human instincts and desire to be successful, so of them move the next level of using unsuspecting fellow colleauges as their own stepping stones for their own careers. This applies to relatives too. FOr instance, if there is good property being sold, a good alliance coming your family's way, always be alert that there would be some cousins etc wanting the same.
E.Have a direct approach with your superiors or the boss, especially, when things are changing at a rapid pace and you find that you are ignore, have a polite but direct frank approach, many good leaders in any organisation like this and bear this in mind.