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How to Disagree with your Co-Workers and Manage Conflict


Disagreeing with co-workers could give rise to conflict which may in turn, lead to your team’s destruction. Conflict can either facilitate growth or bring harm to anyone involved.

Knowing how to disagree is a skill that can encourage members to look at all points of view, leading to a more harmonious decision.

Disagreeing with Your Co-Workers

It also leads to better quality decisions, allowing your team members to express their feelings without concourse and to build a stronger relationship.

Disagreeing with a Colleague

Most disagreements occur during meetings, and a professionalism approach is important. Opinions and perspectives may differ from yours and, it’s critical you know how to handle conflict when it arises. The worst case scenario is conflict, could even cost you your jobs.

And keep in mind that perhaps they feel as passionate about their point of view as you do yours.

Learn to Compromise and Listen

Paying attention is essential because listening, ensures you don’t misunderstand. You can then summarise what was said by asking for confirmation or clarification. Although a compromise doesn’t always resolve problems, the process can help both parties feel satisfied that they have reached an acceptable solution. Listening can be tough, especially when you’re upset so remain calm!

Always be Professional

Don’t let your emotions get the best of you, especially when facing problems in the workplace! Talk things out by working through conflict calmly and professionally. Choose your pronouns (words that can function by itself with discourse) carefully! Have an open mind and be sure to show respect.

Understand your co-workers point of view by making an effort listen. Their opinions may help you settle any disputes quicker. If need be, bring in a third party to get another person’s perspective.

Always be Professional with Co-Workers

Having an ability to solve arguments and conflict successfully, is probable one of the most important skills you can possess. Managing conflict can help build a successful team.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to site down and listen” – Winston Churchill

Andy T. Laird
As Excel Solutions Asia’s founder, Andy T. Laird does more than business management and administration. With over 20 years experience creating and developing corporate team building events, he's obsessed with innovating new ways to create amazing event themes, that are absurdly fun, and teamwork effective.