On the Job: Top Strategies for Solving Workplace Conflicts

When people get together on a daily basis, some conflict is bound to happen. It’s just part of life. Here’s how to resolve, and even prevent, serious conflicts in the workplace.
Keep Some Perspective
Most things at work are routine and mundane. You come in, you do your job and you go home. Everyone is happy. But, sometimes, there are issues that crop up that cause even the most level headed of us all to become upset.
The important thing to remember is that most issues aren’t worth getting angry over, and they certainly aren’t worth fighting over. Stop and think for a moment about the issue at hand. Will it still matter one year from now? What about 6 months from now?
If you can’t honestly say “yes” to those questions, then it’s best to drop the issue completely and let it go.
But, even if it might matter a year from now, how much will it matter?
Will it cause catastrophic problems for you at work? If so, then it is time to leave and find a more positive atmosphere. If not, then why worry about it? Why fight about it?
If it’s likely to result in some kind of long-term problem, then you’re better off working somewhere else.
Another question, to ask yourself is, “what do I get out of fighting?” What are you gaining? In most cases, you’re not gaining anything. Unless you need to defend yourself physically from assault (in which case, you should ring the police), there’s never a need for physical violence.
Make Frienemies
You’ve heard that old saying before that you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, right? It’s difficult advice to follow but, if you can do it, you will have the inside track on people who disagree with your worldview.
Most people shun people they disagree with. That’s a terrible idea. If you do that, you will not know what they’re thinking or doing. And, most people who are malicious will get themselves in trouble given enough time. If you’re around to see it, you can turn them in properly and let the company, or the police, handle it.
Another thing that malicious people do is spread rumours. So, while you might want to keep your “frienemy” close, don’t be too loose-lipped. Anything you say will likely be passed around the office.
Keep a filter between your brain and your mouth. Maybe, once in a while, throw the person a juicy “bone” – something that’s really not personal, but sounds like it might be incriminating – to see what they do with it. As they say, give them enough rope so that they hang themselves.
Control Your Emotions
Controlling your emotions can be hard, but experienced attorneys, like Slater and Gordon, know that employees that don’t are setting themselves up for a liability suit.
If you haul off and hit someone out of anger, or malign them in a serious way, the other person might come back and sue you – even if you think they’re in the wrong.
You could wind up in court, paying steep fines. If there’s one thing worse than hating someone because they mistreat you, it owes them money on top of it all.
About the author: Sarah Coleman occupies a senior HR role and often shares her ideas and insights with an online audience. Her posts can be found on a variety of career-related websites.

4 Ways To Know If Your Work Fantasy Football League Is Legal

As you’re hit with an influx of pumpkin spice lattes and the beginnings of leaves changing their hue, this can only mean one thing: Football. Is. Back.
Before you bust out your favorite game day buffalo chicken dip recipe and give your jersey an extra wash, settling in to a night of fantasy football drafting is certain to get you back in the football mood.
What’s more exciting than watching your team run back the opening kickoff for a touchdown? That kick returner having a cozy spot on your fantasy team.
A workplace fantasy football league is a great way to encourage employee engagement, boost morale and even learn a thing or two (hey, there’s strategy involved!). But before you go wagering November’s first paycheck on your first win, there are a few things to keep in mind-from both a business owner and employee perspective.
According to the legal center of the National Federation of Small Business, these are some of the items for consideration:
1. Check Local Gambling LawsIn general, fantasy football leagues are legal in most states based on these factors: wagers aren’t dependent on the outcome of real games, outcomes rely on participant skill and statistics and prizes aren’t drawn from a pool or determined by the number of participants in the game.
Some states are stricter than others. Residents in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, and North Dakota should especially check with state laws in reference to a pay-to-play scenario.
2. Consider Implementing a Company Gambling PolicyIf you’re a business owner and you do decide to permit a fantasy football league in the workplace, HR Legalist suggests implementing a policy that describes what type of gambling is allowed in the office.
If you don’t feel comfortable with involving any money at all, Inc. Magazine says turning it into a simple contest instead is just as fun. The winner could take home a handmade trophy out of gold spray-painted coffee cups or a candy bar of his or her choosing.
3. Avoid Endorsing the LeagueMake sure any potential participants know that involvement in the office league is entirely voluntary. What you may not realize is that a simple “Come on, it’s only 10 bucks!” can actually make people feel pressured and uncomfortable (which could lead to other HR issues).
4. Be Cognizant of Internet UseOnce the draft time has been set and other details have been ironed out, it’s important to try to keep productivity levels where they should be. Because we all know it’s easy to get carried away figuring out who to pick up during that desperate moment when you watch your star running back gets put on IR.
Be mindful of how much time you’re actually spending on stat checking…and the witty banter before it becomes a performance issue.
Bottom line, as long as you’re careful with how you promote and run the league (especially if there’s money involved), you’re probably safe. Local law enforcement is more than likely not concerned with your office’s pool, but these potential risks are good to have in the back of your mind.
Fantasy football was designed to be fun, so it should be.
This article was originally posted here.
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