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Create Work Place Peace

On20/ 09 /18
We’ve all been there – in the middle of a meeting, trying to keep calm and not lose your cool when someone disagrees with you. It is difficult to find a work environment where people never disagree, so the only way to go is to learn how to deal with disagreements effectively. In this article we use our years of experience in recruitment to tell you how. 

Stay calm

Rule number 1 for overcoming a conflict? Get over it. We understand that this might be difficult, especially if you’re confronting your boss who has the power to potentially fire you, but trust us – frustration won’t help you at all.  

Instead, take a deep breath and speak calmly. If your arguments are right, expressing them in a polite manner will definitely help to smooth over the conversation and position you as a mature, experienced professional. 

Don’t blame

Finger-pointing behind people’s back is fine for the playground, but should be strictly avoided in the workplace. Blaming your colleague behind their back isn’t only unprofessional, but can also raise a red flag to your boss about the kind of person you are to work with. 

If you’re serious about your role and you think that your peer caused the disagreement in the first place, confront them face-to-face. Remember to stay calm and collected when you do so. By doing so, you will be able to show your professionalism and potentially offer help to resolve the disagreement before it escalates. 

Make things private

Spreading the news about the conflict is a big no-no and will only add fuel to the fire. Obviously, we understand that you might looking for support, but you must realise that by spreading information about a disagreement, you’re only creating office gossip. Sooner or later this will reach your boss and could very easily negatively impact your reputation. 

To make sure you handle the situation in a professional manner, agree on a private setting with your boss and discreetly arrange a time to have a private discussion. This will help with having a constructive conversation and agree on a satisfactory solution sooner, away from gossip-hungry colleagues.

Understand and empathise

Looking at only one side of the conflict isn’t ideal, so always ask questions and gain clarity. Remember that many conflicts and disagreements are rooted in a failure to communicate and understand the other person so always seek an answer as to what caused the problem in the first place. 

Compromise

Having an honest conversation with the person you disagree with should always lead to agreeing on a compromise. Finding a mutual solution that is satisfactory for both parties is essential, especially in the light of a long-term collaboration. So, set your emotions and pride aside, and remain open to any ideas on how to make things work better in the future.  

For more job advice and tips, read our selection of blogs.
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