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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Oct 2, 2014

It’s been said that leadership and conflict are practically synonymous. A leadership role requires an above average capacity for dealing with conflict, particularly in the workplace.

Conflict in the workplace is otherwise unavoidable. Mike Myatt, a contributing writer to Forbes, writes about conflict, “It will find you whether you look for it or not. The ability to recognize conflict, understand the nature of conflict, and to be able to bring swift and just resolution to conflict will serve you well …”

Before you take legal action in your workplace dispute, consider these steps:

Define Workplace Behavior

Defining what constitutes acceptable workplace behavior is a major asset in resolving conflict before it happens. It’s essential to have expectations clearly hashed beforehand to cut down on those dangerous assumptions. What will or won’t be tolerated should be public knowledge in the workplace.

Improve Your Communication

How many conflicts have resulted from lack of communication? Consider your history and how many times a little more dialogue could have circumvented the issue. Focus on implementing clear and concise communication and transferring of information to ease future conflicts.

Embrace Minor Conflict

You can’t always avoid the issue of conflict, so in minor situations it is best to embrace it – you could prevent a major issue from developing in the future. When minor conflict flares up, deal with it proactively and in a timely fashion. You’ll get better at identifying what conflict is worth embracing over time.

Know When Legal Action is Appropriate

Certain situations in the workplace demand that you take appropriate legal action – know what constitutes the difference between minor conflict and legitimate legal complaint.

As an employee, you have the right not to be discriminated for your race, gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristics. You also have the right to be paid for hours worked and the right to work in a safe workplace.

If you’re unsure whether your dispute constitutes legal action, an attorney can help discuss your case.