Everyone has opinions, and sometimes, the differences in these opinions can lead to disputes and disagreements in the workplace. When two people who work together do not get along, it can be awkward and difficult to move forward, ultimately posing the potential for a disruption in operations. Even a minor conflict in the workplace can be stressful and complicated, but there are ways to rise above the fray and establish peace.
One of most effective and important ways to deal with stress in the workplace is to refuse to allow it to make you lose your temper. Step out, step away — do whatever you have to do to avoid saying something that you will regret. Once spoken, words cannot be taken back. It’s hard to keep words inside sometimes, but after a time to clear your head, you can likely find a way to express your feelings and concerns while still being professional.
Two co-workers at odds can find common ground through conversations and making the effort to communicate clearly. Two people do not have to agree to co-exist in the same space peacefully. It’s often helpful to talk things through after both sides have had time to calm down, and you may even find that you actually have a lot more in common than you originally assumed. If it’s clear that you were in the wrong, never be too prideful to make amends. Apologies and owning your mistakes is not easy, but it is an opportunity to grow and improve.
Dealing with conflict intentionally and gracefully can allow both parties to move on and move forward. Whether it was a one-time incident or an ongoing clash of personalities, it is beneficial to know how to deal with workplace conflict, fights and tensions in a way that is both appropriate are professional.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC