The staff did not like her approach but they did not agrue initially and started their work. Erica was under stress as she was aware about the work load. She did not move from their and continued to keep an eye on the staff as she did not have trust on them. One of staff,Robert mentioned to her that she can continue her work and do not worry about the work. They will definately concentrate on the job. She did not believied him and again started arguing with him as she was a boss. Robert and other staff they did not like her behaviour so they started giving back anwer to her. The whole lab atmoshere was charged up and end up in the big discussion and argument. Erica mentioned to them she has licence and authority to watch them as she is their supervisor and they have to obey her commands.
This statmemt of her escalted the whole issue and continued for a long time. This situation turned in to a big arguments and conflict that it had a great imapct on the productivity of work. There was a big loss of components as they were not able to process in a timely manner.
Next day the staff meeting was called on by Manager and all the night staff were called to attend the meeting. Robert with his group was waiting for this opportunity to see directly manager as they can talk to him about Erica's behaviour. They all decided to put their concern to him as they wanted to discuss Erica's way of working with them.
In the meeting, the manger was very upset and was blamming them for the loss of product. As per him. the staff did not work efficiently and did not give their cooperation to supervisor so as to finish the targeted work.The staff negative behaviour implicated on the conflict escalation and were informed to change the behaviour and work in accordance with Erica.
The stafs were very upset and wanted to share their concerns but Manager called off the meeting.
Communication has a big role to play in a conflict managment.It has been always observed that poor communication always result in the misunderstanding and eventually in conflict. The above case study is the result of poor communication. The supervisor should have not used the harsh words with the staff. Communication is a process of exchanging information and feelings. It allows us the opportunity to express our view points, share our assumptions and inquire into the other person's mode of thinking. Good communication skills are essentitial in conflict beacause they increase understanding and reduce the risk of jumping to conclusion and making the generalizations.
Dysfuctional approach for the conflict resolution: Dysfunctional conflict,consists of disputes and disagreements that hinder conpany,s performance. This generally involves people who are willing to work together to solve the problem and is often personal. When dysfunctional conflict arise in the workplace there are various methods for dealing with it, including: integrating,obliging,dominating,avoiding and comromising.As a leader or manger,you should be continually aware of staff interactions within the workplace, You should react appropriately to the warning signs as they have potential to lead to major conflict,reduce morale,motivation and cause the business inefficiency.
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