If you run your own business, or even if you work for one, it can difficult to work through workplace conflicts. On the one hand you can’t let the problem get worse, but on the other hand you don’t know what the consequences of dealing with the conflict might be. No matter if you are involved in the conflict yourself, or if you are only witnessing it in the office there are healthy ways to about resolving it with minimal consequences.
Obviously each issue can vary from case to case to case, and severity of each can also differ too. There are ways you can take action to help resolve it though, or you can help for the people involved to resolve it too. It is essential for a good working atmosphere that people get on, no only for the ease of everyone working at the office, and for productivity, but so everyone can move on. Read on to find some helpful ways you can deal with workplace conflict, and how you should go about resolving it.
This might seem obvious, but many problems can be resolved simply by talking to the other person. They might be unaware of what they are doing, or the effects of what they say or do on others around them. If the issue is a small issue, then talking to the other person should be the first step to helping resolve it.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you can always confide in another work colleague before you talk to the other party, and see what their opinion is. This can be a good way to build confidence, and know what you’re doing is the right thing.
Don’t Put Up With Disruptive Behavior
Conflict can also arise from abusive words or behavior, and this of course should no be put up with. If someone you work with is being sexist, racist, or transphobic, then it is well within your right to report it and let a superior deal with it. In extreme cases you may need to get business attorneys involved, depending of the nature of the conflict. Don’t feel you need to be nice, or put up with any of this behavior, and don’t feel you have to deal with this kind of conflict on your own.
Don’t Make a Scene
However bad the argument might be, having a screaming match is never a good idea. This can escalate the situation, and get others involved that probably don’t need to be. Whatever the conflict might be, dealing with it with an impartial person to mediate the discussion is advisable, to try and not make the situation any worse.
Workplace conflict can cause a lot of disruption where you work, and you should always try to resolve it if you can. The best way to do this is of course talking to the other person, and you would be surprised how much this can help. Getting an impartial person to mediate the discussion, in case it gets heated, is also a great idea.