That’s the question posed by Scott Berkun on his Daily Post.
Would you rather have the first word, or the last in an argument?
Conflicts are a part of life. They occur when someone
feels that something important to them is threatened. Causes can be simple (such as a missing coffee cup) or complex (such as improper use of office). Conflicts can cause resentment and distrust and should be
resolved as quickly as possible. In order to be able to resolve a conflict, it doesn’t matter if you speak first or last. It is important to communicate effectively, use some negotiation skills and understand the basic conflict resolution techniques. Common causes of conflict in the workplace:
- Competition for limited resources (employment opportunities, salary, office).
- Unfulfilled emotional needs (the need to feel accepted, successful, and appreciated).
- Differences in values and beliefs (cultural and ideological differences, prejudice).
- Pride, selfishness, and hypocrisy.
- Lies, half-truths, and misrepresentations of the truth.
- Confusion over words and actions.
- Stress and time pressures.
To learn more about how to resolve conflicts using specific techniques, see “Conflict Resolution” published by Permacharts.
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