Do you compare your conflict in the workplace with colleagues or family members?
Would you like to find out what keeps your peers up at night?
Do you want to be a fly on the wall when I interview clients about their stress?
If so, the next few articles are for you. They contain information I gathered from recent workshops on Resolving Conflict in the Workplace. Let me know your specific stress so I can write about topics that fit your needs.
Conflict in the Workplace for Individual Employees
I asked the following questions to individual employees:
- What do you need to improve your quality of life and working conditions?
- What are frustrations that you experience?
- How would you rate your level of being heard at meetings?
- How does the company address conflict in the workplace?
These are some of their answers:
- Spend more time with my family.
- We are doing way too much and the quality is suffering.
- I’m not heard at meetings.
- I tried to share ideas and was shut down so I just sit there.
Solutions to Reduce Conflict in the Workplace for Individual Employees
1. Spend more time with family.
Give suggestions to management about what other companies are doing to help employees balance work and home.
Discuss the option of working from home 1-2 days a week.
Find on-line stress management programs.
Bring in a local speaker during lunch and learn programs.
2. We are doing way too much and the quality suffers.
Give management suggestions on better ways to save time.
Check out the MI LEAN Consortium for resources on productivity.
3. I’m not heard at meetings.
Let’s start with the obvious-make sure and speak loud enough to be heard.
If possible look at the meeting agenda and think about solutions to company challenges.
4. I tried to share ideas but was shut down so I just sit there.
The following strategy may work if you have a good working relationship with your boss.
“I don’t want to be insubordinate. I do want to discuss a concern of mine.
I was embarrassed when my ideas were strongly rejected at the meeting because it seems like some management doesn’t want our feedback.”
Let’s Get Real About Conflict in the Workplace
The comments above are typical of many of my clients.
All levels of an organization share their frustration and they want to resolve this conflict in the workplace. The challenge arises when there is no trust or employees attempt to convey ideas to their leaders and nothing changes.
Stay tuned. The next few articles will contain information I gathered about managers and senior level executives. I promise to cover solutions to many of these frustrations.
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