How Conflicts in the Workplace Affect Productivity

How Conflicts in the Workplace Affect Productivity

Conflicts in the workplace are inevitable. In any situation where you have many people working together, you can expect there to be a few conflicts. The problem arises when conflicts are left unresolved and continue to grow to a point where they begin impacting a company’s productivity.

Think of times you were placed in teams to work on a project in school days. What happened when your teammates weren’t getting along—your performance on the project suffered. With time, you learn to put aside differences for the betterment of the company (or school project in this case) but sometimes conflicts can get out of hand.

Here are a few ways conflicts in the workplace affect productivity:

1) They cause personal distress

While many business professionals learn to separate their personal emotions from their professional lives, oftentimes a toxic boss or coworker begin to take a toll on an employee’s performance.

Ever seen a coworker be scolded for their work in public? Have you noticed how it impacts their behavior and performance at work?

Negative feedback made public to other coworkers can cause severe distress in an employee – one that will hamper their performance at work and maybe even cause them to quit eventually.

There are appropriate ways to deliver negative feedback!

2) They waste time

Employees at a workplace are answerable to more than one boss. When bosses do not get along and have opposing views on certain matters, the productivity of the team declines.

For example, Manager A wants to hire the best photographer for the company’s next event. You contact the photographer and discuss the requirements. Everything goes smoothly until Manager B refuses to sign the purchasing order claiming the photographer is too expensive.

You now have to embarrassingly decline the photographer’s services and look for a new one. Time is wasted unnecessarily and you’ve ruined a relationship with a valuable external resource.

3) They lower overall productivity

Resentment for managers and coworkers impact the performance of individual employees but also lead to negativity in the workplace. An exchange of snide remarks between two employees is sure to spark gossip. No matter how much a coworker irks you, you need to stay professional.  It’s a workplace, not the school locker room.

Having trouble managing conflicts in the office? No worries, have professionals help you out. DFRI provides employee relations services to companies that are suffering from employee conflicts. Their team of employee relations experts carefully examines each situation and devises adequate strategies to resolve workplace conflicts.

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Lisa Scholfield

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