Managing Conflict Online Course
Conflict is a normal part of any workplace environment, and properly dealt with or managed, can strengthen work teams and individuals.
Remote workplaces may have their own particular contexts which add to the distress caused by ineffectively managed conflict. Conflict occurs when there is disagreement or differences of opinions with others.
After completing the online components, and implementing the exercises, you should be able to:
- Identify the features of conflict, including the stages of conflict escalation
- Understand your personal style in effectively handling conflict
- Know key appropriate strategies to effectively defuse and handle conflict.
- You will learn the techniques and skills in order to:
- manage conflict effectively
- manage your own reactions
- differentiate between naturally occurring conflict and the more damaging and serious behaviours of bullying and harassment.
In this course you can explore some different ways of handling conflict, including issues such as expressing your feelings, building self-confidence and improving communication. The module is presented in seven discrete sections which contain background reading material together with suggested exercises which are to be completed before advancing to the next Learning Package.
Benefits of Effective Conflict Management
Organisations which handle conflict in an open and healthy way tend to be more relaxed and have an open atmosphere in which people feel free to express their views. Research shows such workplaces are more vital, have strong communication pathways and high productivity. They also engender empowerment of employees and have effective problem solving mechanisms. Those who work in organisations with effective grievance and conflict handling processes typically report higher job satisfaction and a sense of achievement.
Rather than asking how much it costs to implement the measures which promote healthy conflict resolution in our workplaces, we should instead ask how we can afford not to implement these measures!
Package 1 - What is conflict and what does it look like in the workplace
- Definitions of workplace conflict
- Features of poorly handled or unresolved conflict
- Features of effectively handled conflict
Package 2 - Bullying behaviour in the workplace
- What is bullying behaviour
- Features of bullying behaviour in the workplace
- The effects of bullying behaviour
- Costs of workplace bullying
- Dealing with bullying in the workplace
- Getting help
Package 3 - Personality differences and conflict handling styles
- Understanding the theory of conflict handling styles
- In what ways does personality affect the way people handle conflict?
- How we behave when in conflict
Package 4 - Stages of conflict development
- Conflict develops
- Appropriate strategies which can be effectively used at each stage
- External help (Mediation) is best sought
Package 5 - A model for conflict handling
- Five Stage model for managing conflict
Package 6 - Managing your responses
- Calming breathing and thoughts and then
- Choosing appropriate responses
Learning Package Six - Notes
Australian Psychological Society Tip Sheets - inform clients about a range of psychological issues and how psychologists can help. They are a great resource for private practitioners and other health professionals file
Video - How to Deal with Difficult People at Work
Package 7 - Assertive communication
- Active listening
- Common mistakes in listening
- Reflecting content
- Reflecting feelings
- Respond to criticism with empathy
- Own what’s yours
- Features of assertive communication
- The Five Principles of Assertive Behaviour
Through the reading material and exercises in this module, you will have learnt how to manage and resolve conflict in your personal and work relationships through the use of key conflict resolution skills. Together with these skills and the knowledge of your own personal interaction style, you will be able to more effectively resolve conflict.
Importantly, you will have gained some broader knowledge of the approaches which others have found to work. Some of these approaches will work for you fairly quickly, and others will take some time to develop fully. It is an ongoing journey of growth and development.
By now you will realise too that not everybody acts and reacts in the same way and what works for one person may not work as effectively for you. Refine those techniques which seem a good ‘fit’ for you, and discard those which are not as suitable for you.
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For certificate of completion of this course, please contact Dr Annmaree Wilson, Senior Clinical Psychologist, CRANAplus Bush Support Services, at: firstname.lastname@example.org