A personal conflict can lead to an unhealthy and unproductive work environment. Whether the conflict involves two employees or an employee and a manager, it must be resolved fairly and productively. If you are an employee involved in a personal conflict (or witness a conflict), then understanding how to handle the situation is important. What Is Considered A Personal Conflict In The Workplace? A personal conflict is a dispute or unfriendliness between two people within the workplace that becomes disruptive. Oftentimes, the conflict stems from the individuals not being collaborative or open to other work styles or personalities. The following are different types of personal conflicts you may experience within your workplace. Disagreement In Different Work Styles There are often many ways to get a job done successfully. However, differences in work styles or an aversion to those with unique work styles could result in a personal conflict if left unresolved. The individuals’ work styles may clash to a point where one employee is unwilling to work or cooperate with another. Friction With Different Personalities Not all members of a company have to like each other, but they do have to get along and work with one another productively. In many cases, different personalities prompt a personal conflict simply because one does not understand why the other acts in a certain way. Disputes During Tasks Or Projects Work can be very frustrating at times, especially when one feels another member of the company is not helping reach the target goals. This can lead to disputes, arguments and other negative consequences that have the potential to derail meetings and/or disrupt the workflow of the entire team. Disagreements Involving Leadership Or Management Being in a management position is tough, especially when managing a small team. Often, employees feel as if they can do a better job than the ones in charge. On the other hand, managers and company executives may not allow for enough employee input or participation, causing personal conflict. Other Types Of Conflicts Of course, these are just a few examples of many possible ways in which personal conflicts may come about. Any time two people disagree or fail to get along in a way that is disruptive to themselves or others, it is considered a personal conflict. Their issue may derive from outside work — however, it is important that the conflict is not brought into the workplace. How To Handle A Personal Conflict At Work If no action is taken toward resolving conflict at work, the involved parties may face discipline or termination depending on the extent it is impacting the workplace. If you are involved in or witness a personal conflict at work, there are several ways you can handle the situation. Below are tips on dealing with personal conflict and resolving the issue peacefully. Identify The Primary Source Of The Conflict Determining what the fundamental disagreement is (along with points of agreement) is a good first step. You can accomplish this by taking a step back, breathing deeply and calmly assessing the situation from both sides. Communicate Effectively With Your Coworker Nothing gets accomplished without proper communication, especially when it comes to adversity. Many coworkers, managers and executives are just as interested in resolving the personal conflict as you are, so a healthy discussion could go a long way. Develop An Action Plan To Resolve The Conflict If the person you are in conflict with is willing to work toward a solution, then you should develop an action plan. This should include addressing the core problem and focusing on better communication and interactions moving forward. Speak With An HR Professional For Advice An HR professional assists with personal conflict situations. They can advise you on ways to improve the situation and what options you have available if the individual you are in a personal conflict with is unwilling to compromise or reach a solution. Schedule a 1-on-1 with a remote HR consultant today! At HR Search & Rescue, we help employees navigate and resolve personal conflicts to promote a healthier work environment. Whether you are dealing with one or are noticing a colleague under stress from workplace conflict, we are here to help. Call one of our remote HR consultants at (703) 951-3105 or schedule a 1-on-1 meeting to get started today.