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How to deal with two co-workers that cant get along?

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what actions as you(the employer) do to deal with the situation? #career #employee-engagement #employee-relations

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Morgan’s Answer

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I would have the coworkers sit down and discuss their differences. Maybe if they see what each other's views are then they can come to a mutual understanding and have a level of respect for each other

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D'Lynne’s Answer

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If both co-workers are great employees, the easiest thing to do is to give them responsibilities that don't overlap. If one of them is not a great employee, give that employee an ultimatum of either getting along or moving on. If the employees are both valuable and must have overlapping responsibilities, then some time must be spent on encouraging them to see each other's perspective. Retreats or workshops that include exercises that explain the four basic types of personalities, the traits of each, and why each personality handles various situations the way they do have been proven to be very successful in solving employee conflict.

D'Lynne recommends the following next steps:

  • Research personality traits training and development
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Shiraz’s Answer

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Excellent question Ashanti! I think the answer will depend on the situation. First of all, as a facilitator one should empathize with each side and understand the differences at play between two parties. What is the reason for the differences, is it a misunderstanding, is it differences in working styles, miscommunication, etc. Then, it would be best to try to find a middle ground between the expectations that each party shared. Also, if these individuals are part of a team then you should convey to them the expectations of them in a team environment, that these individuals need to hold themselves to a certain standard and serve as models for their teams. They need to understand the negative impact that their conflict can have on the rest of the team. If these individuals can't find a common ground then it is perhaps best to set the expectations that they need to keep their relationship and interaction professional. They are not being asked to be friends but to interact when needed.
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Paul’s Answer

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Lots of strategies here and the response really depends on the scope of the conflict. It could be as simple as encouraging each person to hear the other persons opinions and working it out. It could be as complex as getting managers and or HR involved.

Paul recommends the following next steps:

  • Read about conflict resolution https://www.notredameonline.com/resources/negotiations/6-simple-workplace-conflict-resolution-techniques/
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