Resolving a Conflict at Workplace: Tips for New Hires

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Conflicts are common at any workplace. The frequency of conflicts is more among the new hires. Workplace conflicts need not be big, but this is where careers are made or ruined. You should be able to handle workplace conflicts in a proper way to succeed in your career.

Reasons for conflicts among new hires

Mismatch in outlook

Lack of awareness – unfamiliar with job role; you may not have idea about the working conditions

Lack of big picture mind-set

Lack of social skills – you may not know how to communicate with others properly

You tend to look from your standpoint only – never think from organisation’s point of view

Wrong attitude towards conflict leads to failure

When you are in a conflict with the organisation, you need to resolve it properly. Instead, if you have a negative attitude and stick to your point, you may lose opportunity for personal growth and development. Look at it as an opportunity; otherwise you will not learn anything from the conflict.

When things do not go in your favour, you may feel like quitting the job. Never do it. Because, if you do so, your ability to handle issue falls down. You also lose an opportunity to gain knowledge, skill and understand on how to resolve the issue.

You may go to a new company and blame the previous employer on the conflict. But the new employer easily identifies that you are problematic because employers often think from the organisation’s point of view.

How to resolve conflicts at workplace?

The first thing you need to do to resolve the issue is that you need to stop thinking that the fault is on the other side. Only losers will think so.

You need to see if anything is there to change from your end. If you have done the mistake, be humble and accept it. Look for the things you can learn from the conflict.

Opportunity to learn from conflict

Many people fail to understand that conflicts are many times opportunities that teach us how to grow properly in an organisation. You should stick to the job (don’t resign) and resolve the issue: you cannot run away when problem arises. Ultimately it is an opportunity to get insights, perspective and understand employers’ point of view.

You need to go a long way in the organisation; and for that you need to learn as a new hire. Those who do it properly are most likely to grow quickly to good positions. Management will easily identify such people and makes sure that they are rewarded properly.
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