The workplace can be a place of a unified, dynamic collective working harmoniously towards lofty goals. On the other hand, too often it can be individuals with clashing ideas, beliefs, and unpleasant behavior. We are all in some way different after all, as it is with human nature.
Such diversity, when unimpeded by conflict, can accomplish incredible things. Then again, that diversity inevitably collides at several points, with high-stress work fanning the flames. If you’ve ever been an employee, there are a few issues you are sure to contend with over your colleagues.
Bossy co-workers often irritate the lights out of the rest of the team. These people are often highly skilled and talented but also think too highly of themselves. All collaborative effort is thrown in the bin whenever they try to do the all the work by themselves or worse, meddle with others responsibilities.
A diverse workplace can harbor a population of different ethnicities, religion, and sexuality. Tolerance between these individuals can sometimes reach the breaking point, especially if they’re an opinionated bunch. What can seem like an asset on paper could become an office nightmare when trying to reconcile differences and focusing their energy towards work.
Then there is sexual harassment. Women are subject to this at an alarming frequency, and most cases go unreported for a long time.
It’s not unusual to hear words like ‘sue,' or ‘lawsuit,' or ‘lawyer’ whenever such conflicts escalate. Such actions are the result of heightened emotion and not calm, reasonable logic. In fact, resolving disputes out of court are entirely possible through open discussions, or more efficiently, workplace mediation conducted by professionals.
These methods not only provide a neutral ground with which to work out issues, but they also avoid the time-consuming and emotionally draining nature of litigation. More often, it is much better just to sit down, look at a situation objectively, and decide to speak/act in a mature and professional attitude.