The Upside of Workplace Conflict

1. The Upside of Downside

We’re always looking for the upside of seemingly downside
scenarios here at the old hump day. And here’s another one:
according to a study by Psychometrics Canada Ltd., workplace
conflict doesn’t always suck the fun out the joint. IF conflict is properly managed (and there’s the rub),it can actually lead
to increased innovation, better solutions, improved teamwork, and
a better understanding of others. So the next time a conflict
threatens to demoralize you and suck the fun out of your week,
take a step back and ask yourself if it’s possible that this
conflict could actually lead to a brighter workplace future? Can
you actually get over the hump and come out the other end of the
conflict with an even better resolution for all? As with all
stress at work, it boils down once again to a reminder that it’s
not what happens to us that matters, it’s how we choose to react.
Of course, heaps of humor helps, as Kurt Vonnegut said about
handling stress, “I’d rather laugh than cry, there’s less
cleaning up to do afterwards.”
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

With the onset of flu season, and concerns over the H1N1 flu,
workplaces are encouraging people to wash their hands regularly
and to stop hand shaking. Now although there’s nothing remotely
funny about the H1N1 flu itself, a little humor can help spread
the prevention message, rather than the flu itself. So here are
two suggestions: first, create a funny hand-washing reminder
slogan, secondly, create an alternative greeting to hand shaking.
Perhaps an “air high-five” or a “live long and prosper” Vulcan
hand wave, or better still, a wacky hand salute/gesture that is not
only fun, but sends a reminder message for folks to be cautious.
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3. Deep Thought of the Year

“Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.” Anonymous
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4. It’s a Wacky World

An AOL employment poll revealed that if people had to work for
a fictional boss: 34% would choose Cheers bar owner Sam Malone,
24% opted for Charlie (the voice behind Charlie’s Angels), 20%
Picked Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, while 12% opted for Willy Wonka
(I suspect this has more to do with the environment…)

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