Advantages of Conflict At Work

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Conflict in itself is neither good nor bad, it is just conflict.  It is how people handle the conflict that will determine if it leads to a positive or negative outcome.

Conflict is bound to happen at work.  We have our own ideas and personalities that play into our everyday encounters with our co-workers, and at times they may conflict.

There are advantages of conflict. Without it, nothing would change.  If you are dissatisfied with an employee’s progress, there will not be a chance to fix the issues and create a positive change unless you tell them.

Here are three advantages to conflict:

1. Conflict can help us grow.  We learn about what others like or do not like and we can develop different ways to do and look at situations.

2. Conflict makes life more interesting. How boring would life be if we all thought the same way?  When someone at work disagrees with you on how to do something or thinks they have a better way, that can be interesting.  When everyone in the group always agrees on everything, how much fun is that? (It is boring).

3. Conflict strengthens relationships.  Working through disagreements and coming out on the better side draws people closer.  Their respect for each other strengthens and they know they can withstand disagreements.  They also know that next time they have a conflict, they have history to draw on to get through the conflict easier.

Conflict is a natural part of working together as humans, and working through conflict will make our relationships better.  By understanding this, conflict does not seem as bad as we always think it is.

We need to get in the mindset that when there is conflict there are new opportunities to learn and grow from each other and the situation.  Wow, I feel better already just by labeling “conflict” as an “opportunity.”

How do you see conflict? And how do you deal with it in your workplace?

Dealing with workplace conflict – Forbes

09/16/14

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16 thoughts on “Advantages of Conflict At Work

  1. I look at conflict on a continuum – with hostile exchanges at one extreme and false niceties on the other. The idea is in the middle – where opposing views are discussed and debated (with emphasis on the words “discussed” and “debated”) without personal attacks, sarcasm or dismissiveness. If you can get your team to that mid-point, I think there’s some really fantastic results that can occur!! And as counter-intuitive as it seems, it fosters trust..

  2. Oh yes, Mimi. The middle ground is where we want to be. Sly personal attacks and sarcasm creep in at times. It does take time to build that trust where people can feel free to disagree without feeling like they are going to be in trouble. Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

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  4. I agree with your point of view. Every great innovative idea arise from some level of conflict or uncomfortable feeling or restlessness or dissatisfaction with the way things are. We are all different and so conflict is the end product of our uniqueness. As human beings we should embrace conflict and allow ourselves to grow. Nice article 🙂

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