Conflict is common in most workplaces- However, it is better to prevent a fire than call the firefighters. Here are 3 tips to avoid conflict at work:
Analyze your environment
It is very important to know who you are dealing with from day one. As soon as you step foot in this office, take some time to study your colleagues and bosses. Is one particularly irritable? Does one get mad when someone touches their stuff? Having a clear idea of each one’s personality, will help you avoid useless conflicts.
Do not try to be friends with everybody
You do not need to be friends with everybody. Do not try to make everybody like you because it will not happen. Some people simply won’t really like you and it’s ok. Trying to be friends with all your colleagues can be the cause of conflict. If they do not like you, no matter what you do, it will not change their opinion. Just stay close to those you naturally bond with and be polite and respectful to everybody else.
Do not step on your colleague’s work
Stepping on another’s work is the best way to light up the fire. If your boss asks you to do something and you know it had previously been assigned to another, discretely make sure everybody is informed that you will be taking the lead. Do not hesitate to share your concerns with your boss if you feel like you might be stepping on someone else’s task. At the end of the day, you want your performance to be appreciated and not create more arguments and cold stares in the workplace.
Conflicts are common but not inevitable. Do your part and watch your life at work be easy and stress-free.