Being productive at work and experiencing high job satisfaction are goals that most people aspire for, but one of the surest killers of these goals is a killer conflict at work. The good news is that there are many ways that you could do to help you avoid conflict at work, or at the very least reduce your chances of becoming embroiled in one.
- Be a nice person. There’s just no way that you could undervalue niceness at work (as long as it’s not the plastic, sugary-sweet kind of niceness that’s sure to annoy). By being agreeable, pleasant, respectful of others and dependable, your co-workers will find it rather hard to ever find a reason to get mad at you.
- Choose your friends well. Remember, you are at a professional setting, and you should always act accordingly. Just have about one or two friends that you could absolutely trust to whom you could unburden your grievances (if you have any) at work. If you constantly gripe about your work to anybody and to everybody, you are simply increasing your chances of a person involved knowing about it and firing back at you.
- Record your tasks. It pays to take the time to record every tasks that you complete, and to be detailed about it. You should also take the extra step and let your immediate supervisor be updated about the status of the projects you are working on. This way, you would be extra sure that you are always on the right track with regards to your responsibilities; plus, having clear records of your accomplishments will help you assess your own work performance.
- Be tolerant of others, as long as they don’t negatively affect your job performance. Remember this: in any organization, or any group of people, for that matter, there will always be different attitudes and behaviors at play. That’s why it helps to adapt a tolerant and respectful attitude towards individual differences, and that includes individual nuances and shortcomings. If a co-worker insists on always wearing a loud orange polo shirt to work, avoid laughing about him behind his back or complaining about his fashion sense. Hey, to each his own, right?
- Know the company policies, rules, procedures and culture as well. Knowing about the company’s procedures and rules will help you be sure that you’re stepping within your boundaries and that you are acting in accordance to expectations. You should also get to know, and as much as possible, conform, the culture so that your co-workers would feel that you are indeed a part of the work family.
- Keep your personal life out of the workplace. Again, the key here is to be professional. If you are going through a challenging time, say, with your boyfriend, don’t automatically take out your anger on your male colleagues. Think of your job as a respite from whatever problems are brewing at home and you might have the added advantage of being able to view your personal problems from a more objective vantage point.
It truly takes effort to fit in at any setting, but as long as you have a positive attitude and have the sincere desire to work well with others, you would have an easier time reducing your risks of ever being in conflict with anybody.