Teamwork And Conflict Resolution In The Workplace

What is your opinion of teamwork and conflict resolution in the workplace?
Well, I’ve put my own thoughts in words.
Though my thoughts may not be organised, they are visible.
Have you thought about teamwork and conflict resolution in the workplace?
This is what I think:
The workplace is an arena where certain objectives are achieved.
The workplace often comprises of people, policies, projects and tools.
To achieve maximum productivity, the various components that make up the entire system must complement each other harmoniously.
People must relate well with each other, accept or comply to the policies, work hard towards attaining the set project targets and must be familiar with the tools or instruments through which the set objectives and aims are achieved.
Teamwork is key to maximum productivity in the workplace and understanding is key to teamwork.

The moment there is misunderstanding, disagreement or disharmony, we say there is a conflict.

Conflicts could arise as a result of improper communication, distrust, bad attitude, pride, indiscipline, jealousy, ignorance, assumptions, etc.

Due to individual difference, it is inevitable to have varied opinions and preferences. It is common in the workplace to encounter different opinions, but how it is handled makes all the difference.

Unresolved conflicts often degenerate into quarrels, fights, depression, aggression, frustration and certain states that are counter productive.
Job satisfaction is crucial to every person and a workplace that is often plagued with conflict only end up in frustrating people out of the job.
Teamwork and good teamplay minimises conflict.

Conflicts can be resolved once the parties involved are willing to settle their differences.

Every good team player must always be willing to resolve conflicts.

It is important for collegues to understand each other and work towards peaceful co-existence and effective collaboration in the workplace.
Where it is difficult for the two conflicting parties to resolve their issues on their own, a third party could be involved in the dispute resolution.
The third party should act as an arbitrator.

Tips In Resolving Disputes:
-Listen attentively to all parties involved; most disputes or conflicts are as a result of lack of information, misinformation or misinterpretation of information. In the process of clarifying stands, certain conflicts can be resolved as soon as a clear communication of the initial intension is achieved.
-an arbitrator must have a neutral stand and avoid taking sides. He/she must act without bias and avoid favouritism in judgement.
-certain disputes or conflicts are based on pride or some sort of bias. Resolving them may involve introducing an alternative that would neither be in favour or against any party.
-dicipline is essential in a workplace and every organization should also have measures to sanction it’s members who do not comply to policy or consistently generate unnecessary conflict. Such regulations must be clear and known to all. It should also be applied without favouritism.

Conducts that Minimise Conflicts and Maximize Teamplay:
-Politeness
-humility
-forgiveness
-truthfullness
-reliability

Bad attitudes to be avoided:
-eye service
-gossip
-ressentment
-grumbling or nagging
-unnecessary comparism

It is important that every staff of an organization considers other staff as teammates and work effectively towards complementing each other.
Without some level of trust or confidence in one another, conflicts will always arise.
Distrust creates room for suspision and suspision kills collaboration.
Team mates must avoid circumstances that could lead to suspision by consistently sticking to due process and applying transparency in carrying out duties.
Surbodinates must have an understanding that their superiors mean well in whatever actions they take. That way, they will reduce complains or grumbling and accept the processes as training.
Superiors on the other hand must also understand that learning takes a process and that would make them to be patient with their surbodinates.
Collegues of equal rank should respect one another and avoid being rivals or engaging in unnecessary power tuzzle.

In a workplace, there must be order to ensure productivity.
Peaceful co-existence must be upheld, creativity must be encouraged but insurbodination must not be tolerated.
Room should be given for everyone to express their opinions in an appropriate manner and nobody should be despiced or prejudiced due to inexperience. Everybody should be carried along as much as possible, while those who are obviously misfits should be cautiously dismissed to avoid introducing indicipline to a system.
Every workplace should have standards and everyone who chooses to play along must build themselves to meet with the standard.
Conflicts can be resolved as often as they come up and the members of an organization can be groomed to minimise circumstances that can generate conflict.
Wherever we find ourselves, we should endeavour to critically analyse circumstances before making conclusions. We must not make hasty conclusions because that could further aggrevate a situation.
Conflicts may be inevitable but they are not unresolvable.
With wisdom, every conflict can be amicably resolved.
Be wise.
Be guided.
Thanks!

Nnamonu Tochukwu.
Teecee.
Teamwork And Conflict Resolution In The Workplace.

See wordpress prompt on argument and conflicts: Daily Prompt: Conflicted

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About teeceecounsel

Who am I really? Can that be defined yet? Probably by the time I'm long gone and all the pieces of my activities are compiled and analysed then you can know what you want to know about me. Meanwhile, I write. Not because I love writing but because I love people. I love to care and love to share. I'm a deep thinker and I love to believe in the impossible. The ideal is attainable and a shot at it must be given. Don't say 'It won't work' rather ask 'how will it work? Nobody is ever doomed unless they made the choice. To resist good and to adopt evil is already doom. To loose hope is to choose doom but to believe that every step is a passing phase leading towards your hope is to choose progress. I may go on and on but my posts say it all. I don't force you to agree, I only say enjoy!
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14 Responses to Teamwork And Conflict Resolution In The Workplace

  1. Some of the tips for resolving dispute apply to marriage as well… I have wished many times to have an arbitrator present in those marital confrontations :/. As I read your post I notice that we don’t have much conflict at school, it is a workplace comprised by people who love their work and thus love being there… I can’t imagine working in a place where there is space or even thoughts of conflict or undermining another coworker…of course, being a teacher is a job like no other in many aspects both good and bad, the best one being the true vocation shown by all there… Great post my dear friend, take care & read you soon, Alexandra

  2. Great thoughts here…very wise.

  3. I found it interesting Son what man thinks works for compatibility in the workforce and relating it to what God tells us He wants from us who are to work for Him, there are some differences but some points that are in agreement, it would be good to hear what you think about both of these.

    First, what type of person does God look for to do the good work He has prepared in advance for us to do, what type of vessel are we to be, now I’m sure Son you don’t call your work mates vessels but God calls us these and we have to be empty first before He can fill us up..

    2 Timothy 2:19-21 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

    Second, what does God tell us He looks for in regards to abilities, experience and credentials in those He chooses to work for Him…

    1Corinthians 1:25 -31 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

    Third – As His Vessels how are we to settle differances and is it ok to have them and do we just agree to disagree…..

    1Corinthians 1: 10 -11 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

    Philippians 3:14-16 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, where to we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

    Philippians 2:4-6 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

    Philippians 2:1-3 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of Love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my Joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same Love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

    Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

    2Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in Peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

    1 Peter 3:7-9 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, Love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.

    1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the mind of Christ

    Christian Love from us both – Grannie Annie

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