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  • Writer's picturekai peter stabell

Managing Conflict in the Workplace, a far from impossible task.

Conflict is an inevitable part of any workplace. It's natural for people with different personalities and values to have disagreements from time to time. The key is knowing how to handle these conflicts in a constructive, positive manner. Here are some strategies that will help you manage conflict in your team and office.

Yes, And Statements

Rather than making a statement or asking a question that begins with “but” or “why” which can be seen as confrontational and dismissive, use “yes, and” statements instead. This allows you to acknowledge the other person's point of view while still getting your own opinion across. For example, if someone is arguing against a certain idea you have, you could say "Yes, I understand why that might not work, but I think there could be another way to approach it." This takes away the defensive feeling of the conversation and encourages collaboration.

Don't Point Fingers & Use I-Statements

When discussing an issue with someone else, it's important not to make assumptions about their intentions or point fingers at them for causing the problem. Instead of saying "You need to do this," try using "I" statements such as "I think we should try this." This helps keep the conversation focused on the issue at hand rather than stirring up emotions that could further complicate the situation. It also avoids placing blame on one individual when it may not be deserved.

Show Willingness To Compromise & Collaborate

Sometimes it can seem easier just to go with your own opinion rather than trying to come up with a solution that everyone can agree on. However, this often leads to resentment and frustration among team members who feel like they are not being heard or taken seriously. Instead of just sticking with what you think is best, encourage collaboration between team members by listening actively and showing a willingness to compromise or collaborate on solutions together.

Maintain Calm Tone & Don't Take Anything Personally

When faced with conflict, it can be easy to let emotions get out of control and lose sight of what matters most - solving the problem at hand. It's important that both parties maintain a calm tone throughout the discussion so that each party feels respected and listened to without any judgement or criticism being thrown around unnecessarily. Additionally, try not to take anything personally during this process as personal attacks will only serve to further complicate things rather than helping resolve them quickly.

Resolving conflicts in the office doesn't have to be difficult if you employ some tried-and-true tactics like yes-and statements, avoiding finger pointing, actively listening, using I statements and maintaining a calm tone when discussing issues with colleagues or teammates. Prioritizing resolving the conflict over being right can also go along way towards helping mend fences between warring factions within your team or organization as well as help build better relationships between all parties involved in order to prevent similar problems from arising again in the future. Additionally, don’t forget about nonverbal communication – body language speaks volumes! Using humor (when appropriate) can help lighten tense situations while remembering why it's important not just for yourself but also for everyone else involved that you resolve any existing issues amicably without taking anything personally.

By focusing on these strategies when managing conflict in your office or team, you can ensure peace prevails within your organization!


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