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Workplace conflict is inevitable. But peer-to-peer conflict is a bit easier to navigate and overcome than conflict that extends beyond power dynamics in the office. When a boss is in conflict with their employees, turnover, morale, trust, and productivity can take much bigger hits than they may during other types of conflict. This is especially...

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This week’s peacebuilding tip is about how to take the other’s position in conflict. This strategy is a cognitive exercise when you are trying to make peace with someone who has a different perspective than you. First, be very clear on what you are trying to convey or how you are positioning yourself. After understanding yourself,...

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This week’s peacebuilding tip is about how to recognize and appreciate the people around you regularly.   The best place to begin building trust with someone is by recognizing them and appreciating their impact on our lives. This makes people feel valued which is super important. It can be as simple as saying “Hey, I...

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If you’re noticing conflict keeps arising on your team or that it’s slow to resolve when it does erupt, you might want to consider looking at the policies and procedures in place around conflict. Many leaders may look directly to the people involved with conflict to identify trigger points. It’s true that certain personalities may...

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While your job may not include any responsibilities around conflict or people-management, flexing your conflict resolution skills at work can benefit you in myriad ways. Some people have natural skills and competency around de-escalating tension, communicating fairly, and identifying solutions. If you see yourself in that description, you may want to consider putting those skills...

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It’s hard to deny that when several personalities, work styles, and responsibilities are meant to work together under stressful circumstances, confrontation is inevitable. Confrontation can start small and stay small, depending on the circumstances, including how everyone involves reacts. But confrontation can also be the breeding ground for large-scale conflict which can have negative impacts...

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