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Your best defense is to have good relationships with as many people as possible, and most importantly a good reputation. If you have those, people will likely defend you when the workplace backstabbers try to slander you.
Transparency, integrity, and simply just doing right, in my view, is probably the most natural defense - which is actually taking the offensive stance.
I'll echo Andrew's feedback - operate with integrity and accept that "haters gonna hate".
I add another character Honesty to Andrew,s feedback, if your honest in with your work, relationship and in your opinion will help in improve your defense against back stabber
Thanks Eric /Andrew /Kiron/Mansoor
Michelle Obama once said: When they go low, we go high. Don't lower yourself to their level and backstab in response.
I'd also be doing some major stakeholder management and try to work out why they're stabbing in you the back. What are their justifications? motivations? Once you know that, you're able to move forward.
I concur with Andrew and Eric on this.
In my experience it's not easy in the beginning, since it takes time to build reputation, and relationship.
Suggestion from Andrew with the addition of Mansoor and Emily comment sound like what should be done.
Document your stuff.
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