Conflict and Resolution Within a Work Group

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Conflict and Resolutions Within a Workgroup
Effective communications is defined as the successful exchange of information between individuals. An effective communicator is successful in establishing an active two-way link with another individual or group. When people work in groups, there are two quite separate issues involved. The first is the task and the problems involved in getting the job done. The second is the process of the group work itself: the mechanisms by which the group acts as a unit and not as a loose rabble. However, without due attention to this process the value of the group can be diminished or even destroyed; yet with a little explicit management of the process, it can enhance the worth of the group to be many times the sum of the worth of its individuals. It is this synergy which makes group work attractive in corporate organization despite the possible problems (and time spent) in group formation (Blair, 2004). Conflict and Causes of Conflicts

Conflict is any situation in which individuals or groups do not agree. Individuals or groups have different ideas, interest or goals and can not compromise because the opposing parties have strong beliefs that they are very different from each other. People have different views on many different subjects; therefore, when interests are threatened, conflicts arise. There are two types of conflicts: positive conflicts and negative conflicts. A positive conflict is where the outcome of the conflict results in a positive solution. If the conflict creates better decisions, develops shared ideas, and personal growth and change, it is considered to be a positive conflict. Negative conflict is where the outcome of the conflict creates a destructive result. If the conflict creates unresolved anger, personality clashes, low self esteem or low self confidence and unresolved issues, it is considered a negative conflict. Sources:

Limited resources: The causes of conflict within a company could be contributed to several different factors including limited resources, differences in goals or objectives and miscommunication. Limited resources within a company could cause conflict between departments. Each department needs a certain amount of money to function properly. For example: the nursing budget is higher than the housekeeping budget because the hospital needs more nurses to take care of the patients. The administration department's budget is high because most of the administrator's (COO, CEO, CFO) and directors have increased salaries. Therefore conflicts could arise when the nursing department needs more money for staffing and the administrators want a 5% increase in pay but there is only a certain amount of profit at the end of the quarter. Another conflict within an organization could be differences in personal and /or professional goals and objectives. If there is a committee having a meeting about a fund raising project and there are different ideas of how to raise the money, conflicts can arise. Or if there is a team working together on building an extra wing to the hospital and the Chief operating officer does not show up to meet the contractors, this will cause conflict between the building committee, the contractors and the finance department. If all of the members in the committee are not doing their part in the group, this will cause conflict. It could also effect the proposal that was original agreed upon. Miscommunication: Most of the time conflicts arise due to miscommunication. People do not take the time to listen and clarify what is being said therefore, things do not get done properly. People say one thing but mean another. Communication can be different between cultures due to different languages. Miscommunication can occur between an educated person and an uneducated person resulting in conflicts. Personality conflicts: Another source of conflict is people having different personalities. Individuals have different...
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