Management Tip: How to Facilitate Healthy Conflict in the Workplace
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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It’s always unfortunate when a valuable employee leaves a company due to faulty leadership and toxic environment, or a small conflict erupts into a full-on crisis. Healthy conflict is a reality in the business world, but how do you manage it as a boss?

Forbes contributor David Roth says that having conflict in the workplace isn’t always such a bad thing, but when managers take a hands-off approach, it can snowball into a major disaster that could have been avoided. He writes:

Here are 5 things I’ve learned about healthy conflict:

  1. It’s built on the rules and code of ethics established as part of company culture. These must be built into your into your company’s cultural DNA from day one on a foundation of trust and respect.
  2. Team members must get away from finger-pointing and work toward perceiving, understanding, and respecting where others are coming from.
  3. Everyone’s opinions matter. They must be able to express them without fear of being bullied.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.