It’s important to make sure your team is getting along as well as possible in order to ensure that everyone’s working efficiently, both as a team and individually.
Unfortunately, there will be times when certain members of your team will clash with each other, and it’ll be your responsibility to identify the reasons and attempt to find a solution before your entire team falls apart!
Here are a few ways to help you identify conflict.
Individuals have different objectives
A successful team has to have a clear objective so that everyone is working towards the same goal.
Two different people working towards two different goals will have difficulty communicating with each other, as they’ll each believe themselves to be right.
Unhealthy level of competition
Competition can be a great motivator, but not if the team members in competition are taking themselves too seriously, find themselves arguing over information, and suddenly become unproductive.
The workflow has been disrupted
Sometimes one part of a project cannot be completed without another part being finished first. If the group completing the first tasks is late, or turns in insufficient work, the second group will be further delayed.
This will almost always lead to resentment and a disgruntled, uncomfortable workplace.
There was a breakdown in communication
Sometimes pieces of information are transmitted incorrectly in error. In some cases, an employee may withhold a piece of information to purposely sabotage another.
Regardless, communication errors are a major cause of conflict in the workplace. It’s important to make sure all information is relayed as efficiently and effectively as possible so that no one person relies on another for critical data.
These are just a few ways to identify conflict in the workplace, but they’re also some of the main causes.
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson