Every work environment requires you to get comfortable with the reality of uncomfortable situations. Unless you have managed to find a career path that has you completely isolated, you will have to interact with people on a regular basis. The likelihood of conflict is high, considering most of us spend more time in the workplace than we do at home. And yet, few of us experience these confrontations face to face, which is a true tragedy.
“Tragedy?” You are probably thinking. “Sounds like a dream come true to me.” Technology has made us too comfortable with email and text message conversations that allow us to hide behind a screen and carefully craft our responses, without ever having to make eye contact with the other person.
Likely, the next time you do see the person face to face, both of you will act as if the conflict never happened. While this dialogue provides temporary comfort, do we stop to consider how avoiding conflict in the workplace impacts other areas of our lives?