If you're trying to get ahead in your career, you want to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, the people you spend time with at work can affect that in a negative way.
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It may not be high school, but there are still cliques at work. Some can make you look good and others can make you look really bad. Andrew Griffiths at Inc. suggests you avoid certain groups of people:
A sure fire way to make those who count think less of you is to be one of the gossipers. As much as it can make you feel like a valued member of a group, you won't be doing yourself any favours... Just as we are judged by our appearances, we are also judged by the peer group we are associated with. If you want to be taken seriously, look around you. Are the people in your peer group the kind that others take seriously?
If you feel stuck and keep wondering why you keep getting passed up for projects or promotions, it could be worth considering the crowd you run with. It doesn't mean that you can't hang out with co-workers outside of work, but when you're at your job, it's time to be professional. If you hang around people that don't act professional, it can rub off on you no matter how you act personally. Of course, different jobs have different environments, but it can only benefit you to be aware of what is viewed negatively in your work culture.