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5 Most Common Types of Conflicts at Workplace

7th Oct 2017
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The workplace has it hierarchical settings amongst employers and employees with different duties at every point in time. At a workplace, clashes are inevitable because they all have one goal and vision; however, one individual might notice inefficiency on the part of the other, which will serve as the inciting cause of misunderstanding; this result into conflict.

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Conflict at a workplace can be defined as a potential difference of opinion that takes place. It can begin from just a simple difference of suggestion or opinion, at times, it comes as a result of complaints, depression, job dissatisfaction and change of leadership. 

However, this reoccurrence is time-consuming and always affect the employee productivity at workplace. Always have it in mind that the way every individual personality handles the situation, implement the solution to problems, and accomplish his/her goal is so different from another. As this is justifiable, it can later result in conflict.   

Below are some of the types of conflicts that are common and inevitable.  

1. The “Interdependence” at Workplace Conflicts

The efficient implementation and completion of task and duties at the workplace are interdependent on one individual or another for the clarity of their roles and functionality after one task is done before or after theirs. 

When there is a failure of one’s accountability to another, conflict occurs at workplace. Frequently, employees depend on another employee for the input and output of their task and duties. 

2. The “Differences in Style” at Workplace Conflict

Every individual employee at the workplace has his/her different styles of working; some are super fast, while others take their time to produce the same result, just the difference in the artistic style or more. 

The lack of understanding of each individual personality often results in this type of conflict. Appropriate training with the full understanding of every individual style will not result in this type of conflict.  

3. The “Differences in Background/Gender” at Workplace Conflicts

Culture simply defines one's practices, beliefs, traditions, experiences, educational background, and set of values, race, ethnicity, gender, and religion. Generally, employees from different culture and backgrounds do experience conflict. This difference result into conflict, in order to settle this, it is highly essential to implement balance at the workplace.

4. The “Differences in Leadership” at Workplace Conflicts

 Leaders at workplaces have their different styles of leadership in the implementation of power; some are direct while others may be dictatorial. This becomes critical for the team members at the workplace and often time result into conflict especially when there is a change in the leadership position. 

However, employees still have to work under different leaders as there are different leadership hierarchies at the workplace. Therefore every worker has to understand every leader at every level to avoid conflict. 

5. The “Differences in Personality” at Workplace

The different types of conflicts at the workplace are incomplete without making mention of the differences in personality. It is, however, challenging as it does deal with every individual emotions, perceptions, character, attitude, and habit at times.  Generally, one’s output and actions simply classify his/her personality.

An Increased volume of interactions alongside a lack of open communication often results in what prompt conflict at a workplace.

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