Conflict Resolution at Work For Dummies
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Resolving conflict at work starts with the employees, but some situations call for additional resources. If you find yourself in a situation that needs a little extra help, look to your organization’s internal experts or consider hiring an outside professional for conflict resolution.

  • Internal expertise:

    • Human Resources: Partner with HR to ferret out the resources your organization currently has in place and what the company may be willing to find or create for you.

    • Ombudsman: Turning to an ombudsman is a confidential way for all employees (including you!) to talk through existing problems and consider alternatives.

    • Shared neutrals: A panel of peers is a low-cost way to review, discuss, and mediate disputes.

  • External expertise:

    • Conflict coaches: Coaching employees through an existing conflict can also help them build skills to handle future difficulties.

    • Dispute Resolution Centers: A community resource can be a cost-effective way to harness conflict resolution expertise.

    • Mediators: A trained professional can effectively decipher issues and provide neutrality when you need it most.

    • Training organizations: Proactively training employees to address the inevitable workplace conflict saves time and money.

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Vivian Scott is a Certified Mediator in private practice and a retired Microsoft marketing manager. She is a member of the Washington Mediation Association and volunteers as a mediator at the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish & Island Counties.

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