How To Disagree With A Co-worker While Remaining Supportive

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Disputes at work are common since everyone has a difference of opinion. More often, the disputes raise valid points and lead people to work better. There have been many positive changes over at organizations because of business conflicts. As crucial as these disputes are for a brief moment, they may turn the scene hostile if you don't take proper action. 

The workplace disputes imply that different members are putting their views and thinking actively in the lines of work. The article below will look at the benefits of workplace conflicts and see how it influences team building. Also, to ensure you contribute to the overall development and see the bigger picture, here are few ways to disagree with a co-worker while remaining supportive.


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Benefits of Conflicts at Workplace

Raises Awareness

There might be an underlying issue that gives rise to conflicts. So conflicts help people become aware of the problems that persist and need attention. It thereby safeguards your time and makes you productive. By discussing the best way out, you get rid of the existing problems. 


Takes Team Closer to Goals

When conflicts happen, teams feel the motivation to meet their goals in time. It increases productivity and gives them a competitive edge over other teams. It also makes them more responsible towards the organization. In this way, you can handle your team effectively and take them closer to their goals. 


Cultivates Healthy Managing

Conflicts at work necessitate interference of the team to address the concerns. People learn to manage these conflicts without being violent to each other. Managers keep workers happy and motivated by assessing the issues. Conflicts help discuss ideas and also motivate employees for better creativity and productivity.


Enhances the Sense of Belonging

Conflicts encourage people to speak their minds and not keep those ideas within themselves. This aspect makes the team feel that they matter. It also builds healthy connections.


Strengthens the Work Culture

Healthy competition is a result of conflicts with purpose. During conflicts, the doubts and questions result in strengthening the work culture. It fuels acceptance of cultural differences and encourages people to respect each other. People outside look upto the great company culture.


It Safeguards Emotions

Imagine there is no outlet where you can discuss your problems and complaints. That could lead to a welling of emotions and could impact your productivity immensely. So, it is always essential to let the emotions flow and find the root cause of problems.


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Disagreeing And Staying Supportive

We understand that workplace conflicts can get severe and build up hostility among members of an organization. However, always remember why it started in the first place and solve it from there. 

Here are some ways to adapt so that you can disagree with a co-worker while remaining supportive.


Listen, Identify and Communicate

Several events happen at work, and you will not always be on the same page as your co-worker. However, on several grounds, you will still agree with them. So become an active listener, put forth your points, identify what bothers you and communicate your disagreements well.

Communication is one of the vital and favorable skills within an organization. Using it effectively can get you long-lasting relationships even when you do not agree with each other on every deal. To enhance your interpersonal skills and acknowledge your co-worker's points too.


Walk In Their Shoes

Understand why your co-worker said what they said. Try to get their perspective by walking in their shoes. And if you doubt the process, come with the whys and hows to clear the understanding. We are often so engrossed with finding solutions that we forget to acknowledge anyone else's perception or solution. 

Think practically about their take on the topic of conflict. Give time to the thought and come back with an answer. If you feel your co-worker is right, change your view. But you are giving time matters. Once you give that time, it gives a sense of appreciation to your co-worker and inspires them to put forth their points in the future. Also, it shows that you are responsible for the organization and aim to build a long-term relationship with your workmates. However, you can always agree to disagree.


Learn To Balance

Organizations are great places to encourage people of civilized culture. You have a sense of responsibility but also display a good balance of emotion in your encounters. So when you disagree, let your co-worker know that but approach with reasons and humility. As you detail them with the root cause and logically deal with the points of disagreement, you are inflicting in them a sense of trust and good intentions.


Constructive Feedback

Workplace conflicts can be intimidating but always remember that everyone comes to work with a goal and to enrich their learning. Keeping that in mind, when you find yourself disagreeing with a colleague and things turning a little hostile, come to them with suggestions. You can seek feedback and help them improve their skills by giving them constructive feedback. A place where everyone encourages each other becomes a great place to work and share ideas.


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Positivity and Innovation

When you disagree with a co-worker while remaining supportive, you inculcate positivity. Disagreements present people in their natural form, and their vulnerability can lead to great innovation. So instead of looking down at the concept of fearing the occurrence of it, let it happen. When such emotions flow out of people, they adjust better in the work surrounding. They also raise concerns time and again and feel motivated to work. It works wonders for employees' mental health.

We are humans, and conflicts are only typical. Probably automated machines won't let their grudges out, but we should not be silent to avoid disputes. 

The Law of win/win says: Let's not do it your way or my way; let's do it the best way." Greg Anderson


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About the author:

Supriti Tripathy, OpenGrowth Content Team

A believer of good things and pursuer of diverse avocation, she is a fiction lover and a simple writer. Supriti has a number of professions to her list and she feels challenges are the only answers to failures.

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