Tips to Avoid Conflict at Work

Tips to Avoid Conflict at Work
 Conflict at Work

Workplace conflict is inevitable from time to time but what truly matters is how it is handled rather than trying to constantly avoid it.

Here are some ways to improve your conflict radar and avoid the unnecessary conflict that damages workplace cohesiveness.

Identify conflict. Dealing with a conflict at work can be tough. The aim is to to get your way but not at the expense of working relationships you are going to need to rely on later. Resolving conflicts is better than trying to “win” because this helps people on both sides feel as though their concerns were valid and considered.

Identify the type of conflict. A very common conflict in the workplace stems from those that feel that their efforts are being under-appreciated. If someone is taking credit for your work or your suggestions are being ignored it can lead to conflict with the person causing this disagreement.

Avoid making accusations and work to keep your tone neutral. In many cases, people do not realize they have caused offense when conflicts arise. Apologize for any part you may have played in the situation.

Cope with the stress conflicts cause. Dealing with conflicts at work can be stressful but you cannot let this impact your ability to do your job. It is perfectly healthy to vent your frustrations, but work to do this away from the office where there is no risk of negative comments being overheard or passed back to others. 

This will only make the conflict worse. If you are having trouble resolving a conflict and it has gone on for some time, consider working with a mediator to help dissolve some of the tension.

NOTE :   When you see the same people every day their habits can become irritating. If someone is messy, loud or confrontational it can make it difficult to focus on work.

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