Imagine the world getting polarized by each passing day and the rising deluge of conflicting opinions rushing towards you! Would you escape from this engulfing reality? But what if you could not escape?
Relax! The storm of a never-ending debate spree has not got you yet, but the possibility of happening it soon is lurking nearby. Thus, taking a tight grip on how you would tackle conflict of opinions at your workplaces is everything that you are going to find below.
Workplaces are areas that are hoarded with multiple and countless opinions of various individuals working under different heads and designations. Bringing out your disagreement on any particular noted topic in a direct and raw manner can make you a victim of the next office gossip and criticisms!
Workplace conflicts not only affect your personal peace of mind but also make you an entity of infamous discussions. Your one disagreeing argument can make you fall in the pit of an office court which is really hollow!
So fasten your couch belts, and let’s plunge in finding and knowing ten interesting strategies to resolve conflict in the workplace.
More than just a decent, cordial gesture of paying attention to the person who is speaking to you is something that balances the two-way communication flow smoothly. If you are multi-tasking and not paying full attention to what the other person is saying, there develops a kind of irritability and disrespect and the person in oral can take it as an offense.
This also leaves an impression that you might not be interested in what the person has to say. So the kind of mental conflict happening here arises out from lack of attention in a two-way conversation.
No Sermoning Please!
If you don’t want to be lectured, then it becomes automatically lucid that the person on your opposite view would not like to be lectured either. In a workplace, the natural flow of communication is recommended rather than pontificating on big ideas and expressing your dogmatic style of thoughts.
The explicit way of saying things in a monarchical way can raise conflict between two or several people at the workplace.
Why not try, open-ended questions?
Rather than direct enforcing your ideas and opinions on the other person, use of open-ended questions in a communication stream is a wonderful way to evade unwanted arousal of conflict in opinions. Statements vocalized in an interrogative manner with the use of who, what, when, where, why or how, gives the person a suitable chance to think deeply and place their individual opinion on the ongoing conversation topic.
Blend With the Variant Communication Flows
Strictly speaking from a very basic human tendency, random passing-by thoughts can trigger the intellect at any point in time. In an office space, there are multiple brains functioning at the same time. It is quite likely possible that few of them might want to take a break and ponder upon random thoughts and would feel the urge to express the same to you.
During such instances, if you show disinterest or irritation the other person might get offended and the conflict of thinking pattern may arise. This instance can also compromise the healthy relationship you might be having with your fellow colleagues.
Thus blending well with various kinds of communications, irrespective of being it a formal or an informal conversation, is a good idea to reduce the chances of verbal conflicts at working spaces.
Surrender if you really don’t know!
‘Never ever speak in doubt’ is one of the crucial mantras of maintaining a safe and clean image in an office. The unnecessary clinging onto your ego needs to be stopped and the humble approach of surrendering to not knowing in times of having minimal or almost no idea on a certain subject raised needs to be adopted.
This not only keeps you on the safer side but also avoids you of getting into nasty office mess.
Respect Experience Seniority
Do not ever underestimate or question on experience gathered by your seniors. Even if you think that your seniors might be going wrong or there might be any alternative way, state that out in a very polite and euphemistic way.
Never be direct in questing or doubting your seniors’ experience value and knowledge. You might be opposing to their knowledge in a subtle and unintentional manner, but unfortunately, the reception of the undertone in the statement will be offending and you might find yourself under dicey situations or things can go in the professional grudge area.
Do not impose too much on a single topic
Repetition on a particular subject or note can be undesirable in workplaces. Focus and practice on saying your heart and mind only once, and then let its sediment. Until there is an extreme exigency of repeating the same thing again, do not consider doing so.
Let the Wider Aspects Speak for you
Do not unnecessarily involve in the nitty-gritty details of dates, time etc. simply manage and present your work in the utmost professional manner and let the work speak for you. Thwarting on petty details underminds your actual, hard-labored work and somewhere your entire dedication and sincerity stands before a compromise.
The Art of Listening
We don’t realize that the art of listening is much tougher than speaking. Even though it sounds quite simple, but in reality retaining patience to hear someone out attentively is difficult. This is also to keep in mind as a reminder that as long as you are a part of the organization it is important to listen as well more than putting forward your ideas and opinions.
Your urge in listening to what the other person has to say creates a good impression of you in their heads. In a wider sense, this negates the chances of thought conflicts in workplaces in a much easier and better way.
Keep it Short
Too long and stretched conversations can take down the interest of the person who is subjected to listening. The more reduction in interest, the more displeasure the communication flow becomes and eventually a conflict of opinion takes place.
In order to avoid such circumstances, it is advisable to keep your communications short and simple.
By now tackling workplace conflicts will be as easy as a cakewalk! Yet everyone has to stay cautious while working in the professional sphere. The above-mentioned tips are just to save you from falling straight down in the pit, but to keep one’s eyes open is absolutely their responsibility!