Any workplace, irrespective of the business, will surely have employees with different personalities and characteristics, even if the recruitment was done to achieve the opposite. It is important that you are able to get your employees to work together as a collective team in order to achieve a common goal, all for the overall good and benefit of the organization. Once this cannot be achieve, resulting conflicts among coworkers can quickly create a negative and unconducive working environment. For this reason, preventing or at least quickly resolving conflicts is very crucial in any organization.
The following are some of the tips needed to create and maintain a positive and harmonious working environment.
Treat everyone fairly and respectfully
This is important as people quickly realize it when they are being treated unfairly. And depending on their personalities, some could easily show their discontent while others might decide to bottle it up. Either way, it affects their level of performance on the job. Be sure to give people equal opportunity regardless of their gender, race or age. By so doing, you are already halfway to creating a good working environment for your workers.
Compensational plan should also be equal for people working at similar levels. Do not allow such to be an issue among coworkers because it creates a negative atmosphere in no time and work starts to suffer. In the past, women were paid less than their men counterparts even when they can do the job just as effective as the men and some organizations have not totally done away with such practices. This is something all organizations need to rectify in order to create a harmonious working environment.
Communicate clearly and effectively
To explain this, I will use a case that occurred at my previous place of work. There was this man who saw the notice of a meeting on the conference room scheduling display outside the meeting room. This meeting was to take place but he was not notified. He was not pleased because he felt he should have been invited. He took this the wrong way and felt he was being ignored for no reason. And in actual fact, there was a good reason for excluding him but that hadn’t been relayed to him. Needless to say, this whole issue caused some unwanted disruption for all parties involved, and such could have been avoided had it been communicated in an effective way.
Understand that people are different
This is especially important due to the rise of globalization, where many companies interact with or hire people from different cultures and backgrounds. In a multicultural society, there is an increasing awareness of the challenges and the adaptability required by people and organizations because of the increase of people from various backgrounds and cultures. When you understand this and you can structure it well, it is a big step towards creating a cooperative workplace. If you combine this with the previous two tips, you have the main things needed in creating a cooperative workplace.
Teams will be made of people who have different ways of working, one not necessarily better than the other, but the key to success for any team is to ensure that they work harmoniously towards the set goals of the organization. And as professionals, they are expected to understand this, but this doesn’t mean they automatically will. These three tips are, all in all, a basic understanding of what is required for a cooperative workplace. When put together, they can help reduce tension and conflicts while fostering unity among coworkers in any workplace.