How to Talk to Your Boss About a Conflict


No one’s career is without conflict. Sometimes mistakes are made or personalities clash. What matters is how you manage conflict. And beyond that, how do you escalate conflict effectively. When conflict comes up, how and when do you approach your boss to talk about it? Here are some tidbits to help navigate this tricky situation.   

Evaluate the Situation Effectively 

If you find yourself in a conflict with another staff member at work, the first thing you need to do is cool off. Look at the situation from a broader perspective if you can. Chances are that the both parties are too close to the problem to prevent it from becoming personal. Take that step back to make it not personal, and look at the issue from the other person’s perspective. Sometimes that act alone can be enough to show you what’s driving the conflict and manage it more effectively. Coming back to the conversation after emotions have had time to level off and everyone has had the chance to look at things from a different perspective can result in great strides forward, not to mention more productive conversation around the original issue.  

Keep It Professional 

Work can become very personal very fast, especially if someone feels their job or their efforts are coming under attack. But remind yourself that you should address the issue as a professional and handle the problem as best you can on their own. Part of working with a team effectively is dealing with conflicts that naturally arise positively and collaboratively. If you are having difficulty with that part of your job on a regular basis, it’s possible there are bigger issues at stake and that you should evaluate whether this is the right job for you in the long term.  

Identify Your Triggers and Stress Factors 

High-stress levels can have a negative influence on your thoughts and feelings. They can cloud your judgment and prevent you from doing your best work.  Stress has a natural tendency to make small conflicts about bigger issues. So, if you are feeling stressed on the job, even just in general, try your best not to bring those triggers to the conflict if they are not directly related to the matter at hand. Do you react poorly under pressure? Are you getting defensive in response to criticism? Are you worried about your career and how small obstacles and upsets will impact your overall performance? These issues can drive your stress levels up and make any job more difficult, so ask yourself whether you manage your stress appropriately.  

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