4 Common Workplace Conflicts and How to Handle Them

 

In an ideal world, everyone employed at your company would get along famously and work together without ever facing any issues. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case in the real world. Even if your team generally works well together, there are inevitable problems that can come up — and it’s best if you are prepared to deal with them.

 

Common Workplace Conflicts and Tips for Resolutions

Here are 4 common workplace conflicts that may arise, and advice for how you can best handle them.

Personality Clashes

Personality clashes are by far the biggest cause of strife in the workplace. Some personalities just don’t click and general human differences can lead to erroneous perceptions about other people’s motives and characters. For example, some people tend to be more vocal in meetings and others can feel ignored or disrespected as a result. The best way to tackle personality clashes are to facilitate open communication between employees when a dispute occurs and try to help the involved parties understand each other’s feelings and see things from the other person’s perspective.

Leadership Styles

A good company will have employees with many different leadership styles – there isn’t one that is proven to be better than another. Some leaders might be open and inclusive while others might be more direct and prescriptive. But for employees, being instructed by different types of leaders can get confusing and sometimes frustrating – leading to workplace disputes. To avoid this, try to have your team as a whole put together a strong set of principles and values that everyone can refer to in order to stay more consistent in how teams are led, decisions are made and how employees are expected to be involved in the company.

Cultural Differences

Despite many commonalities amongst employees, cultural differences will always exist. The values, practices, traditions and beliefs held by each of your individual employees are important to respect but can, unfortunately, lead to workplace conflicts and feelings of offense from time to time. In these cases, it’s helpful to view conflict as an opportunity for employees to improve their cultural awareness and learn to be more sensitive to differences between themselves and others in the workplace. To help team members get to know one another better, and to break down barriers, consider doing team building exercises; they can help build stronger, more productive teams.

Interdependence Conflicts

These kinds of conflicts happen when someone at your company has to rely on someone else’s input or productivity in order to complete their own job – which should be the case in many work situations. However, if one person is unable to complete their job, or is late with assignments because they aren’t getting the right materials on time, this can lead to fallout and lapses in productivity. These conflicts can be easily dealt with by making sure that the parties involved have good communication and delegation skills, and that the person managing them helps to outline concrete schedules for deliverables.

Workplace conflicts and disputes will happen but they can also be easily resolved with the right approach. And the good news is that resolving these conflicts can help to foster a more positive and productive work environment for your whole team.  To help ensure productivity at your workplace stays at a maximum, reach out to Vesper – we can help you manage the nuts and bolts so you can focus on all the important stuff.

 

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