When there’s conflict at work, the strength of workplace relationships will be challenged.
In part two of our relationship-building episode series, Tonya and counselor Elizabeth Byrne discuss how to approach conflict without harming people on your team.
- If there’s one thing we can guarantee in the workplace and life, it doesn’t matter how great the relationship is; there will be conflict at some point.
- Relationships are relationships. Whether they are personal or in the workplace, how we navigate or avoid conflict is often consistent in our interactions.
- The ways we learned to navigate or avoid conflict in childhood are often still in effect in our adult relationships, both personal and professional.
- Reflect on how you learned to deal with conflict. What did you witness from adults? What were you encouraged to do when conflict occurred?
- Consider a time you were pleased with how you resolved conflict within a relationship. What did you do? What was the outcome?
- Have you witnessed conflict resolved in the workplace in a manner that you want to replicate? What happened? What was the outcome? What actions made the outcome possible?
- Pause and check in with yourself before responding or escalating a situation. Recognize your internal response rather than automatically reacting. Ask yourself, “Am I reacting this way based on previous interactions, or is it appropriate for this moment?”
- Be mindful as you engage with your co-workers, and be intentional with your response. Words and actions have an impact. Slowing down and thoughtfully communicating will be better.
- Give concrete, actionable, and goal-oriented feedback. Often, when things escalate, solving the conflict stops being the goal. Remember to clearly state your expectations and demonstrate the behavior you want to see from your team.
- How To Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict, HBR
- Is Your Fixed Mindset Stopping You From Resolving Conflicts?
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