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The workplace environment is an odd one. You’re put in a place with people you may or may not share interests with, and then spend more time there than anywhere else. And while that can be fun, it can bring up a few difficulties too.

Conflicts are rife in pretty much every workplace environment around the world and dealing with them can be difficult. So here are a few tips for when a conflict arises at your place of work.

What causes workplace conflict?

Anything from a misunderstanding of job roles to a missing lunch can set off an argument at work. But there are some especially common issues. Things like:

  • Bullying & harassment
  • Unfair treatment
  • Lack of communication
  • Unclear job roles
  • Equal opportunities
  • Personal disagreements

It’s important that the minute a dispute arises it’s dealt with, because the longer it’s left to fester, the worse it’ll become.

What should I do?

The action you take will depend on what the dispute is regarding. But one thing you should do before anything else is communicate with the person you have a dispute with. Simply talking through the issue can quickly bring about a resolution.

In some instances though, communicating doesn’t work, and can even make matters worse. If this is the case for you and another employee, then it’s time to speak to your HR department or your manager. It’s their responsibility to make sure that everyone working for them is happy in their role. And they have the power to bring about a finite resolution.

If your problem is with the employer, then it might be time to speak to a solicitor. Finding sound legal advice regarding your work load, treatment, or pay is important. Stella Yeoman has a wealth of experience working workplace disputes and knows the best course of action to take with each.

If you’re having problems at work, get in touch today.

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