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Team development in our frantic world

Have you ever started your day with the best intentions? You were determined to remain calm, positive and have great communication with your colleagues. What happened? How long did you last?

According to psychologists Art Bell and Brett Hart, there are eight common causes of conflict in the workplace.

The eight causes are:

  1. Conflicting resources.
  2. Conflicting styles.
  3. Conflicting perceptions.
  4. Conflicting goals.
  5. Conflicting pressures.
  6. Conflicting roles.
  7. Different personal values.
  8. Unpredictable policies.

With all of the teams I have worked with over the last 21 years, I found the main cause of conflict was conflicting pressures. The first step in solving this conflict is for individuals to learn how to manage their own stress and emotions. It is amazing how a few simple strategies and tools can have such a positive impact on how a team operates and performs.

We need to be doing all we can, to solve the conflicts, rather than ignoring and hoping they will go away.