The workplace is a battleground of ideas. Colleagues compete for who can come up with the best thoughts about what needs to be done, and try to implement their thoughts into action. People’s personal stakes get involved in the ideas for which they vouch. The challenging or educated dismissal of someone else’s idea at work can lead to confrontations. A confrontation can break out via a multitude of ways, but most often starts with a challenge of an opposing idea.
Disagree Without Confronting
In order to navigate confrontation-free in the workplace, you must master the art of disagreeing without confronting. Your disagreements with the people you work with should be of factual nature and always be backed by arguments for the greater good of your company’s greater goals. Remember that even if you present factual evidence, the manner in which you present it in, the timing of your presentation, and the mood of the audience you are presenting to will influence whether or not your ideas are accepted. In order to present a well-accepted idea into the corporate world, you must show exactly how all if not most of your stakeholders are gaining from your plan.
Explain methodically why your plan is beneficial to your company without showing any bias towards your own idea. Once your listeners sense that you have a high stake in the idea that you are selling, they will be put off even if the merit and points of your proposal are sound. In order to lead a professional career with minimal confrontations, you must keep tabs on the tone in which you talk and prevent any demeaning forms of speaking coming through. You must speak to your colleagues in a pleasant and down-to-earth tone, without even showing personal and emotional reactions to any occurrence.
Limiting Surprise During Ideological Disputes
When socializing with coworkers, remember that the personable version of yourself that you show your coworkers will be what they expect and judge you as in the professional environment. It is difficult to control in which manner we interact with a person by switching friendly relationships on or off. Your coworkers may take you to be a kind and acceptable person, and your objection to an idea of theirs in a professional setting might draw an unexpected reaction. Know that your coworkers will judge you by the lightest moments that you show them, so be careful in seeming too nice. The reputation they perceive surrounding you can lead to surprised listeners and unexpected confrontations.
Make it clear that you are always focused on the task at hand in the workplace. Once your colleagues see that you tend to follow logic to sustainable and mutually beneficial solutions, people will disagree with you less. Your motives at work will be known, as it is difficult to hide intentions from people you see every day. In order to minimize confrontations, your motives need to always be set to benefiting the employer. It will be hard to back ideas of yours which do not have direct connections to possible benefits for as many parties as possible. In the workplace, the ideas that generate the most benefit to the most groups of people will always win in battle. Present your ideas when you are confident that the possible number of beneficiary parties is high.