The paper “ Identifying Strategies to Minimize Workplace Conflicts” is a creative variant of the assignment on human resources. My experience in different organizations led to the conclusion that conflict is a common theme in the majority of work environments. Despite holding this view, I had not taken the time to conduct research on why conflict is such a prevalent factor in work environments. I was surprised by the finding that managers can spend up to 60% of their time identifying and resolving conflicts (Fiore 2009). I found the material discussed in the module to be truly educative, informative and enriching as I prepare myself for a career in management.
The module has convinced me that I have to develop an in-depth understanding of the causes of conflict in workplaces. This understanding should then allow me to become a manager who can reduce conflicts with ease and concentrate on other critical managerial functions. When it comes to the sources of conflict in the workplace, the reading provided four sources. These were competition, misinterpretation, unrealistic goals and expectations, and different values and expectations. From previous experience, I had acknowledged competition to be the foremost cause of conflict in organizations.
This was where individuals with the same or different levels of seniority would have clashes because of the desire to impress top-level management. Going through the reading supplemented my understanding of the dynamics of competition. I got to understand that as a manager, I will need to create a fair environment where each worker’ s input is appreciated, and the most competent are given the chance to take on more responsibility. As stated, my previous experiences had led to the assumption that competition was the main cause of conflict in the workplace.
My learning experience in this module has allowed me to understand that other causes can be just as significant as competition. For example, the business world is moving in a direction where organizations employ talent from across the world. The implication is that cultural differences in values and expectations can create as much conflict as competition.
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