Workplace and Business Conflict
We spend a lot of time at work, so workplace conflicts can be especially challenging and unsettling. It’s natural to not always see eye to eye with supervisors, managers, co-workers, colleagues, or direct reports, and it’s common for divisive issues to arise within or between work units, departments or divisions.
Conflicts may involve very different perspectives about:
- Workplace culture and work styles
- Appropriate workplace attire, behaviors and boundaries
- Work/life balance
- Expectations regarding after-hours email
- Personal time online
- How work should be assigned and by whom
- Job responsibilities
- Independence and accountability
- Promotion, advancement, and compensation
- Use and allocation of organizational resources
- Company priorities and direction
- Organizational policies and practices
- Workplace rights and privileges
- Issues regarding training and supervision
Work-related conflict may even extend beyond the boundaries of the organization. For example, you might have a dispute with a customer, vendor, supplier, or competitor.
In a family business, a dispute may involve family members who have different levels of involvement in the day-to-day business operations.
Mediation, facilitation, and/or conflict coaching can help you bridge divides to clarify issues, identify what’s important to all involved, and explore and identify solutions.
To learn more, call us at (617) 621-7009 or use the link below to schedule a complimentary consultation.