How to Confront Conflict in the Workplace by Dennis McCafferty

posted 11-16-2015


How to confront conflict in the workplace: CIOs and other managers too often focus on the personalities involved with a dispute instead of root causes, research shows.

When problems are dismissed or ignored, they fester and grow into bigger problems.

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It’s difficult to manage a conflict-free office: Strained relationships among employees account for no less than three out of five difficulties within organizations, research shows. Meanwhile, 43% of non-management workers feel that their bosses do not deal with conflict as well as they should. In covering this topic, the recent book, The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager, Team Leader, HR Professional, or Anyone Who Wants to Resolve Disputes and Increase Productivity (Career Press/available now), defines the common sources of morale-sapping acrimony while providing best practices in addressing these disputes. Authors Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem reveal that CIOs and other managers too often focus on the personalities involved with a situation instead of root causes. They also must understand that their personal approach in dealing with an issue weighs greatly in “making it go away”—or creating even larger problems. The following “conflict myths” and best practices are adapted from the book. Mitchell and Gamlem are HR consultants and co-authors of The Big Book of HR. – See more at:

Lead From Where You Are


Leading from where you are is about about recognizing your individual power and leading from whatever position you’re in.

We go through our entire lives being put into boxes – it’s how we create our identity. This is especially true at work. You get hired and you’re given a piece of paper that tells you what you do. The rest is vaguely described as ‘other duties as assigned.’

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