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News article25 July 2023European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion2 min read

Building a stronger team: How to effectively manage disputes between your employees

Managing disputes between your employees is crucial to create a positive work environment. Read on for practical ways to handle conflict and encourage effective teamwork.

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By implementing these conflict resolution strategies, you can help your team to better handle their differences and develop stronger working relationships.

  1. Encourage open communication
    Create an environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their concerns and opinions. Make sure everyone gets a chance to speak. Listen to, understand, respect and acknowledge their perspectives, without being dismissive. Regular team meetings and one-on-one talks can be good settings for open and honest discussions.
  1. Establish and raise awareness of company rules and procedures
    Clearly explain your company's policies and procedures for resolving conflicts to all employees. Make sure that everyone knows what steps to take when faced with a dispute, including how and when to report it and/or involve higher levels of management.
  1. Provide conflict management training
    Offer your employees training sessions or workshops on managing conflict and improving their communication skills. By giving them the tools they need to handle disputes between themselves, you can help stop them from getting worse and encourage a more peaceful work environment.
  1. Encourage empathy and understanding
    Promote a culture where employees empathise with and understand one another. Encourage them to consider different perspectives and respect others’ opinions. This mindset helps to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and teamwork.
  1. Aim to find solutions that benefit everyone
    Instead of trying to ‘win’ arguments, encourage your employees to adopt a problem-solving approach. Work with the parties involved in disputes to find creative solutions that meet everyone’s needs.
  1. Keep a record of and review the resolution process
    Keep track of the steps taken to resolve conflicts and note the agreed-upon solutions. Regularly assess how well these solutions are working, and make adjustments as needed for better outcomes in the future.
  1. Get help from professionals, if necessary
    In particularly complicated or sensitive cases, it can be helpful to seek advice from HR experts, legal advisors, or conflict resolution specialists to ensure that conflicts are resolved fairly and without bias.

Overall, the goal is not to eliminate disagreements within your company entirely, but rather to handle them constructively. By implementing these strategies, you can turn conflicts into opportunities for growth and create a stronger, more collaborative team.


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