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Conflicts are quite common at workplace.  Working with other people for at least 8 hours a day means that you are going to deal with conflicts occasionally. Even if you get along with all these people, it is still perfectly natural for problems to occur. The important thing is to learn how to deal with these conflicts properly and move forward. The following tips hopefully will help in that direction.

Conflict resolution in the workplace:

Be honest 

Conflict resolution requires honesty. In order to be able to resolve issues, you need to be willing to openly discuss complaints and disagreements. If you prefer not to say much out of fear of being criticized negatively, nothing will really be resolved and things will keep getting worse and worse with each passing day. Painful as it may be, you need to muster up the courage to be honest. Thinking long term, instead of short term will give you the strength you need.

Be willing to accept responsibility

Blaming your colleagues for your mistakes is the easiest thing to do, and it may help you feel better for a little while, but it doesn’t really resolve anything. Conflict resolution in the workplace requires willingness to accept responsibility for your mistakes. That does not mean that you have to go to extremes and accept responsibility for everything, even for things that are not  really your fault; it means that you need to accept responsibility for what went wrong because of you, learn from it and improve yourself.  If your colleagues realize that you are not eager to blame them for everything, they will follow in your footsteps and will accept responsibility for their mistakes without getting defensive. That way, the conflict will end peacefully, without anyone holding any grudges that may come up at any given moment. 

Be willing to compromise

In order to deal with conflicts at workplace properly, it is necessary to be willing to compromise. Even if you think you are absolutely right, sometimes you just need to back off. That does not send the message that you have accepted defeat, it sends the message that you prefer peace and harmony. When things cool off, you will be able to discuss the issue again, and you will probably be able to get better results. 

If you follow the above outlined tips, you will succeed in dealing with conflicts at workplace successfully. Give yourself some time, as nothing can be achieved over night.