5 Ways to Handle Conflicts With Your Colleagues

LIFESTYLE  |  May 03, 2017
  • 1. Try not to take things personally
    1 / 5 1. Try not to take things personally

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    Jumping to conclusions can lead to impulsive confrontations, which can easily spiral out of hand into something unnecessary. Not to mention the awkwardness after.

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  • 2. Don’t respond defensively or passive-aggressively
    2 / 5 2. Don’t respond defensively or passive-aggressively

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    While you might want to put your co-worker in his or her place by passing snarky comments, this not only makes it an uncomfortable situation for the two of you but also for your other colleagues.

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  • 3. Pick your battles
    3 / 5 3. Pick your battles

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    Analyse the situation before you react. Are you making it worse than it already is? Ask yourself: Am I being extra sensitive to this person today? Cooling down and reflecting on the situation will allow you to reevaluate it in an appropriate setting. This will eventually give you a productive resolution.

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  • 4. Make your move
    4 / 5 4. Make your move

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    If the conflict has gone on for too long, it might be time to confront your colleague and deal with the core problem at hand. While this can go either way, this could be your chance to solve the issue and at least develop an amicable relationship.

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  • 5. Escalate to higher authority
    5 / 5 5. Escalate to higher authority

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    If the problem is not solved and the antagonistic relationship is affecting your ability to work, it might be time to bring it up to a third person, either another colleague or your boss to resolve the issue.

    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.WomensWeekly.com.sg for more.

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