Workplace Conflict

When work colleagues are not getting along, the consequences can be costly. Productivity and creativity tend to decrease as people focus on their distress rather than their work.

Workplace conflict can stem from personality or style differences and can also originate in personal problems such as substance abuse, childcare issues, and family problems. Organizational factors such as leadership, management, budget, and disagreement about core values can also contribute. These issues can affect not only your work life, but your personal life as well. Individuals experiencing workplace conflict may feel stressed, anxious, angry and even depressed.

Common Signs of Workplace Conflict

  • Employees do not like coming to work
  • There’s an overall negative attitude in the workplace
  • Employees feel they are not respected or valued
  • Frequent unresolved misunderstandings and arguments occur
  • Low morale
  • Employees do not feel they are making a contribution
  • Employees talk behind each other’s backs
  • Tension is high
  • Employees feel unsafe at work

If you have questions or concerns about these issues, or any others, please contact us at 617–353–5381 to arrange an appointment.

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