How to get along with coworkers
You think your work life would run smoothly if you get along with your coworkers. However, if they’re feuding with each other, you could wind up caught in the middle.
Maybe an office romance has turned sour or two junior account executives are competing for one promotion. Maybe 40 hours of togetherness each week is just too much for personalities that are basically incompatible.
Whatever the causes, office conflicts often create stress and lower productivity.
How do you decide whether to intervene or keep your distance? Take a look at these suggestions for navigating a common workplace dilemma.
Tips for Intervening with Feuding Coworkers
You may need to take action if the battles are interfering with your ability to do your job. In some cases, you may also feel like you can help to restore harmony even if it’s not part of your job description.
Conflict resolution techniques
Tips for Keeping Your Distance from Feuding Coworkers
On the other hand, you may prefer to watch a drama on TV instead of dealing with it in the next cubicle. As long as you’re not in a supervisory position, you have alternatives to playing peacekeeper.
Consider these ideas:
Office squabbles may sometimes be inevitable, but you can maintain healthy boundaries. Try to empathize with your coworkers while continuing to focus on your own career goals.
Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.