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4 Tips to Use When Confronting Conflicts at Work

You may think that conducting yourself in a professional manner should come natural, but sometimes it doesn’t. Many new young professionals don’t have the necessary guidance or mentor-ship when it comes to handling situations with co-workers, and that is okay because Lethal Grind is going to give you a couple of tips that you can use in the future. Below are four tips to help you conduct yourself in a professional manner while facing issues at work, regardless of what the situation is that you may encounter.

Ask questions in a respectful manner before reacting

Many times we can overreact to certain words that are being said to us by a co-worker when we may be under stress while on the job. Instead of firing back a response in these situations based on how we may feel, dig deeper into what your coworker is saying and ask questions before making an assumption. Once you ask questions, you can better understand what your co-worker is trying to say (because let’s be honest… many people are not the best communicators) and then you can form your reaction in a better way as well. It’s never smart to assume, so make sure you always ask questions if you have a misunderstanding.

Think before you talk

Make sure you pay attention to everything that is being said, then craft your words based off of that. The most intelligent people stay quiet in situations that they may not know all the details about. Once you get all of the details, respond in a respectful and calm manner. If you feel attacked, contact your supervisor and let them know your concerns. If your manager is a good manager, they will handle the situation for you.

Refrain from Crying

If you are in a difficult situation at work and feel attacked by your coworkers, never show your weakness by crying. Crying can come off as extremely unprofessional and it may seem as if you are looking for sympathy from your coworkers, or that you may be in a bad place mentally. Keep your composure at all times and if you really have to cry, leave the office and come back after you regain your composure. You have to remember that even though you may get along well with your co-workers, not all of them are your friends and they may not sympathize with your feelings in certain situations.

Stay Positive 

The best advice that can be given throughout this whole article is to stay positive no matter the situation you encounter. Remain optimistic and speak positively, always. When your co-workers are down and may be directing negative energy towards you, make sure you lift them up with positive words and affirmations. If someone is attacking you and it is not about work, tell them that you can sense that they are not in a good place and that you are there for them if they need to talk or just keep your distance from them for a while until they come back around in good spirits. There is no need to pry into their personal life because when you are at work it’s supposed to be about business. You are not there to make friends, but when you do it can be a wonderful experience.

That is all that we have for you for now, but if you have any questions about certain  situations you have encountered while at work please ask in the comments below and I will respond to your questions as soon as possible.

I am a Savannah State University grad with a bachelors in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I was born in New Orleans, LA, but raised in Washington, DC, where my family are natives. Since the age of 14, I am able to say that I have worked at over 12 different companies, which led me to knowing that I am good with working with people and in communications. I love writing (when I have the time) and run two businesses on top of a full-time career in public relations. When I have free time, you can find me plotting on my next business ventures, visiting different hole-in-the-wall restaurants, spending time with family and friends, or catching up on my favorite television shows that I rarely have time to watch. Follow me on Instagram & Twitter: @queenshalaya

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