How to Avoid Workplace Conflict Before It Happens

Adriana Girdler

Everything you need to know about preventing workplace conflict Have you ever struggled with workplace conflict? Workplace conflict can create so much stress, make you …

Everything you need to know about preventing workplace conflict

Have you ever struggled with workplace conflict?

Workplace conflict can create so much stress, make you lose sleep, and even have an impact on your health and wellbeing. It’s important to know how to avoid workplace conflict before it arises or worsens.

Listen if confronted

In a perfect world, nobody will confront you in an unprofessional way. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the reality; sometimes you will be confronted about things and it won’t be a simple one-on-one conversation or open line of communication.

If somebody confronts you, even if you weren’t expecting it, try to take a step back and listen to what they have to say. Take a deep breath. If they’re being respectful (even if they’re a bit emotional) then allow them to finish their thought.

Repeat what they said back to them and see if you can get past the conflict and have a productive conversation.

If they are not being respectful, you have every right to stop that conversation and tell them to come talk to you when they’re ready to be respectful.

This will ensure that you bring down the conflict before it worsens and really impacts the ability for resolution to be achieved.

Be considerate

A great way to avoid conflict is simply to leave every place better than when you came. Even something as simple as leaving a mess in the lunchroom can create tension between you and the people who will be using it next.

Just pay attention to small things as considerations for your other team members and colleagues. Those little things can get on people’s nerves, so clean up after yourself and be respectful.

Other effective ways to avoid workplace conflict

There are a few other things you can do to ensure that you avoid workplace conflict. This topic is so important, because everyone will face this at some point in their careers. So, I’ve created a video on a few more ways that you can avoid workplace conflict or resolve it as soon as it arises.

Head on over to YouTube with me so that we can finish talking about this!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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