Are you searching for the problem solution or are you a contributor? When it comes to human interaction in the workplace you have a choice.
While conflict is a normal part of people working together it is how you manage conflict that has the most impact.
Everyone entering the workplace, every day has a set of values and beliefs. They have aspects of their workday that serve to energize or else derail performance. Everything from personal drama to what you are wearing could spark negative emotions.
Largely it all circles back to workplace culture. Culture starts with leadership. It is especially present in communication and the established values and beliefs.
Culture is not really about the furniture and fixtures. It is not about the lighting or the color of the walls. These are more part of the environment than they are culture.
What is the nature of addressing differences in your workplace? What role do you play?
It may sometimes feel like someone is out to take away your energy. You feel singled out, profiled, and placed in a frame. Your values and beliefs are disregarded, placed in a box, and shelved.
The most important thing to remember is why you are there. Everyone has job responsibilities and it is best to stay focused on the expectations of your role.
Unless you are employed in a political job, or in a news media organization, your job is probably not about politics. Similar comparisons are true for religion or even family values and traditions.
Each person’s day is filled with moments. The day is also filled with decisions. When the tension is high and it feels like someone is attempting to sabotage your experience you have a choice.
Your attitude towards what happens next starts with a decision. Will you further ignite the problem or are you interested in being part of the solution?
Having a goal of being a part of the solution starts with a focus on creating and exploring possibilities. When you are working towards making things better there is much less room for making things worse.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.