We spend an average of 98,000 hours working during our entire lives. This is a significant amount of time, especially considering that we do not choose our colleagues.
Although you may wish to avoid conflict and hope that it will go away with time, it is nearly impossible, if your feelings of stress and anxiety reach a certain level. Conflict at work has been extensively researched and is known to cause low morale, resistance to change, loss of sleep, the desire to quit and more. So it makes sense that you might feel extremely uncomfortable with your workplace conflict. At the same time, avoiding conflict is likely not the answer.
So, to begin, look at the level of conflict:
Who is your conflict with? This will help you determine who must be addressed. Is it with a colleague, or between your department and another group?
Next, look at the types of conflict and try to decide what the cause of the issue might be. If you believe you are a victim of bullying, please read this: M2G Blog: Bullying and Harassment. The following are some common types of conflict experienced in the workplace:
Yes, conflict can be uncomfortable to deal with, but it is important to address it the right way, especially if you love your job and want to stay with the organization or company. The good news is that you are taking action to address it.
It is critical to choose the best strategy, whether that means by addressing it directly such as through having a discussion or through personal boundaries. If you are not careful, you risk alienating colleagues and even jeopardizing your job security. Use Mediate to Go® to develop the best strategy to manage your conflict.