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The workplace can be a hostile battleground. Here's how to navigate a tension-filled office.
The workplace can be a hostile battleground. Who wants to work where there is bickering, abusive behavior, and unpleasantness? I’m not a glutton for punishment. Are you? When Rodney King said, “Can’t we all just get along,” back in 2012, it was for a different purpose. But, flash forward to 2019 in the workplace, and what do you see? Problems. Lots of them. Personality issues in a diverse community. We need to pose that same question. We need to find ways to work together regardless of prejudices and politics.
Having a healthy workplace needs to be a priority. It is amazing to look around and see how management either doesn’t see the dysfunction or sometimes is the cause of the problem. I get it. People don’t see their own faults. This is what makes it so hard to convince the boss that there is a real problem in the trenches.
Since 2010, I have been writing for the dental industry. Many of the ideas for articles come from readers who reach out and email or call me. Some are looking to find a voice to help them stand up to conflicts in the dental office. The biggest issue that arises is the fear of retaliation for speaking up. The best that some can do is just print articles and leave them lying around a break room. Even that must be done on the down-low. Why can’t we just address problems in a professional manner? It really depends on who you are dealing with.
Every business and practice has politics. It is just a part of the real world. Those politics do matter. You may think you are above the politics in your workplace. But, let’s be honest. It is foolish to not know the lay of the land and how the system works.
So, what can you do? Here are 5 steps to think about.
Getting along with your work family is critical to any practice’s success. Being afraid to rock the boat or tick off the indigenous leader in your office is frightening. Know the politics. Develop strategic liaisons. Come up with solutions. Get backing from others. And, stand up and do something. This is how change is done effectively. This is how to get along. This is how to make a difference.
If you have had conflicts in your workplace between coworkers, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your story. You aren’t alone. And remember, yes, we can all get along.