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Where & When & How the Conflict Originated in a Company ?
Mr.Chanakya Picture
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Posted 18-01-2012Reply

Origin of a Conflict in a company ?.

Who will allow it to Grow further in a Company ?

Why the So=Called HR-People in that Company have NOT ANTICIPATED THIS BEFORE the Conflict Originated in that Company. ?

Is it a Lack of Foresightedness from that Company's Corporate-HR person ? In efficient HR-HEAD in that Company ?.

I believe , Prevention is better than Cure Okay and reply expected to express my views later.

Jenny Picture
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  Rated 0 | Posted 10-10-2016

I totally agree with Mr.Chanakya that prevention is better than cure.

Conflict between employees is common and unavoidable. It can be good or bad depending on how well a leader resolves the conflict at workplace. If you can't take control before it grows, dramatic negative effects can happen:
- Decreased productivity/ performance
- Decreased employee engagement
- Increased turnover
- Increased work stress
- Decreased trust in leadership and organization
- Divided workforce

What actions should leaders take when employee conflict appears?

1. Keep the employees calm down and let them tell their story

People are not smart enough when losing their temper, thus the mediator needs to make them calm down before taking any further actions.

You can choose to have a meeting of both sides at the same time or do it individually. There remain different opinions on this issue, but the key here is let them say the most honest story to see the panorama picture of the dispute. Remember to assess the degree of conflict to avoid turning a meeting into a war when taking with 2 individuals or 2 groups at the same time.

Active listening will help both individuals have the feeling of being understood and respected.

2. Identify the root causes

By listening to both sides and gossip around, you will have the big picture of the conflict among employees. The dispute between two parties at workplace doesn’t necessarily have a job-related impediment. Sometimes it stems from interpersonal issues. Focus on behaviors, not personalities when asking questions about what happened.
In case of group argument, the influence of negative emotions might be the real cause of employee dispute. Have you ever heard of crowd psychology?
When you know the source, you can figure out the most suitable outcome for the issue.

3. Look for a resolution, not a judgment

As a leader, you should never take sides even though you are closer to one side than another. It’s hard to stay objective but you have to be fair if you want to resolve the conflict successfully.

There’s no room for blaming on anyone as it makes no sense. Moreover, this action can burn the last bridge in the way to find peace again. Encourage your employees to accept the differences in personalities, habits, personal values among people instead of trying to prove “I’m a winner and the other is just a loser”. By giving the missing sight of the situation, a lot of misunderstandings can be overcome easily.

If the same conflict arises again, it’s time for you to reevaluate these employees. Job rotation or firing decisions could be made if needed to prevent bigger impact on other employees in the team, department and organization.

Preventive measures

1. Enhance communication among employees

Communication plays a crucial role in preventing future conflict at workplace. A friendly environment will create favorable conditions for employees to understand each other, exchange ideas and give feedback. For introvert employees, you may want to provide communication skills training or teambuilding activities to encourage them to talk more.
Remember to find the ways to deal with difficult employees who can cause several unexpected disputes in your organization.

2. Develop formal process and procedures of resolving employee conflict

Of course you can’t cover all types of employee conflict in a document, but you will have the base of common cases to follow. An official process will help your employees know exactly how to find help when argument happens. By keeping an eye on your employees, you can see the conflict before it becomes out of control.

3. Lead by example

A happy corporate culture is the key here. Employees often look at leaders at all level of organizational hierarchy to copy their behaviors at workplace. Put it more simply, from the CEO, department directors to supervisors need to be the example of good interaction and communication in the organization.

Conflict is an essential part of human life in general and world of work in particular. What we need to do is respect the differences from an individual to another and find the best ways to harmony conflict to minimize the negative impacts on other people and the whole organization.

You might want to read the original article at http://vnmanpower.com/en/how-to-manage-conflict-among-employees-bl237.html

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  Rated 0 | Posted 20-06-2019

Conflict in the workplace could be the result of
• unfair treatment
• Poor Management
• unclear job roles
• inadequate training
• poor communication
• poor work environment
• lack of equal opportunities
• bullying and harassment
• significant changes to products, organizational charts, appraisals or pay systems

Major causes of workplace conflict
• Unrealistic needs and expectations
• Personality clashes
• Business values
• Unresolved workplace issues
• Increase in workload

Establish the root cause of workplace conflict
It is important to understand the root cause of an individual's or group's unhappiness. For example, a person in a team may seem to be struggling with an unmanageable workload, but they may be resentful of another employee who appears to have less work to do. It may also be a result of organisational changes, restructuring, or promotions given to other staff.
To help you manage workplace conflict, look at the previous relationship between the employee and their manager, and their peers for signs of past conflict and feelings which may influence them.
Prevent workplace conflict
You can put policies and procedures in place to help prevent and manage workplace conflict.

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