Resolving Conflict in the Office with DiSC®
Interoffice relationships can be tricky. Having many different personality types in an environment can create challenges for any business. These types also have different communication styles and knowing a bit more about each style can assist in those challenges.
DiSC is a test that places everyone into four main personality styles. The personality profiles have become effective tools to consider for helping managers and team members work together more effectively. Here are simplified suggested guidelines you can use to help resolve conflict in your workplace.
Individuals with a D style prefer direct communication. Passive aggressive behavior makes them more defensive, so a direct confrontation is a better approach. But that doesn’t mean you have to be overly hostile when approaching your D coworker or manager.
Get to the point immediately, leave your emotions out of the discussion, and focus on the solutions rather than the problem. Know that an individual with a D style is ready to take action right away, so the discussion should be productive and focus on immediate steps to solve the issue.
On the other hand, the person with an I style is more receptive to a conversational approach. In this case, emotion is a powerful tool for your discussion. Tell them how the problem makes you feel directly, but don’t make any personal accusations. Stay positive, give them ample time to talk, and be a good listener.
It is also important to know that coworker with an I style is not someone who is concerned with deadlines. So, to solve a problem, you may need to implement time management strategies as well.
You aren’t as likely to have a major conflict with an individual with an S style. They prefer harmony in their workplace, are eager to please, and do what is expected. But when you do have an issue that needs to be discussed, know that this style places a lot of importance on interpersonal relationships.
Reassure them that the problem isn’t personal and that you value their contribution to the company. Don’t push them, as they don’t like aggression, but they will listen to what you have to say and respond accordingly. You may need to encourage them to share their opinions candidly.
The individuals with a C style in your office are sensitive. They don’t do well with criticism and tend to retreat when it is given. It is best to give someone with a C style some notice before you discuss a problem with them as they dislike feeling ambushed.
Remove the element of surprise, be direct but kind, and give them a chance to think about their response rather than putting them on the spot. C style workers are task oriented and value perfection, so keep this in mind when dealing with office conflicts.
Using a DiSC profile to understand the personalities of everyone in your office can help you better solve conflicts when they arise.
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