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Avoiding Workplace Conflict Isn't Good For You

By paying attention, you can turn the situation around more quickly

Workplace conflicts and unproductive behaviors don’t just happen suddenly. Communication and relationship conflicts progress over several stages that can overlap, repeat and circle back around. These conflicts negatively affect productivity, engagement, teamwork and trust.

These progressive stages are not necessarily linear but they are identifiable. Once we understand the stages of relationship drama, we can see the warning signs sooner rather than later, address the situation and potentially turn the situation around. 

Stage 1: Inner disturbance
You know something isn’t right, but you haven’t articulated it yet because you can’t quite put your finger on it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a high level leader tell me something like, “They are just not an asset but I can’t really tell you what’s going on.” The point here is that if you can’t name it you can’t change it.

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