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Occasional workplace conflict is inevitable especially when employees of various backgrounds and different work styles are brought together for a shared business purpose. Conflict can be expressed in numerous ways such as insults, non-cooperation, bullying and anger. Its causes can range from personality clashes and misunderstood communication to organizational mismanagement.

The negative effects of workplace conflict can include work disruptions, decreased productivity, project failure,absenteeism, turnover and termination. Emotional stress can be both a cause and an effect of workplace conflict.Conflict should therefore be effectively managed and timeously resolved before it becomes a destruction. With
tensions and anxieties in the workplace, the chances for workplace conflict have increased. Conflict resolution and management positively create opportunities of personal growth and learning in the workplace.

  • Conflict Management plays a very important role at workplaces
    as it prevents unnecessary fights and makes offices a better place
    to work. By attending this training programme, delegates will
    gain knowledge:
    Conflict Management
    • Describing the main sources of conflict
    • Describing appropriate techniques to manage conflict
    • Implementing a strategy to resolve conflict
    • Developing the attributes of a good conflict manager
    Problem solving
    • Define and analyse the problem
    • Evaluate solutions
    • Implement the solution
    • Conduct negotiations to deal with conflict situations
    • Prepare for negotiations;
    • Conduct negotiations;
    • Conclude negotiations and communicate agreements; and
    • Evaluate negotiations.

Module 1 : Conflict Defined
• Inevitability of conflict
• What is conflict?
• Phases of conflict
• Different conflict situations that occur in the workplace
• Role-players in conflict situations
• Healthy and unhealthy conflict
• Conflict-provoking communication
• Conflict-provoking behaviour
Module 2: Assertive communication
• What is assertiveness?
• Assertive, aggressive or passive
• Communication and behavioural styles
• Using positive language
• Be aware of barriers to communication
• Diversity in communication
• Giving feedback assertively
• Accepting criticism
• Learn to negotiate
• How to deal with others’ communication behaviour
• Rules for direct verbal expression of anger
Module 3: Conflict management and prevention
• Conflict management styles and techniques
• Preventing conflict
• Conflict Resolution Methods
• Emotional Intelligence
Module 4: Dealing with interpersonal conflict
• The cost of “difficult” people
• It’s the difficult behaviour
• Dealing with colleagues
• Defusing hostility
• Dealing with customers

• Anger management
• Stress management
Module 5: Apply problem solving strategies
Define and analyse the problem
• The definition ensures that the problem is examined and
identified in terms of problem type, problem parameters, and
possible causes
• The definition ensures that facts are collected to meet the
problem requirements
• The analysis ensures that problem components are identified
to determine possible courses of action
• The analysis ensures that the problem is analysed for
cross-cultural implications
Evaluate solutions.
• The evaluation identifies possible solutions to the problem by
using a range of problem solving techniques. Includes, but is
not limited to: Brainstorming; Mapping; Computer Modelling;
Observation; Questionnaires; Experiments.
• The evaluation establishes criteria for evaluating solutions to
match the type of problem incl. Duration; Causes; Effects
• Possible solutions are evaluated against established criteria
• The evaluation ensures that solutions are selected to meet
established criteria and problem requirements includes Time;
Budget; Resources; Legislative requirements
Implement the solution.
• The implementation ensures that solutions are trialed and/ or
monitored for effectiveness of problem solution includes
Duration; Implications; Effects
• The implementation ensures that solutions are reviewed and
modified, and practices are standardised where required
includes Practices; Systems; Procedures; Records
• The implementation ensures that stakeholders are consulted
during implementation
Module 6: Conduct negotiations to deal with conflict
Prepare for negotiations.
• Administrative arrangements for negotiation processes are
identified and dealt with effectively.
• The purpose of negotiation is explained and issues to be
negotiated are clearly identified and prioritised, using
participatory processes.
• A variety of negotiation strategies and processes are
identified and explained: distributive, integrative, positional,
principled, interest-based, target-specific bargaining and
• Negotiation ranges are identified and motivated for all
identified issues
• Relevant stakeholders are identified and informed about
issues to be negotiated

2 Day Training


Group discounts available on request.

Hybrid Session
Live and In-class

    • This training is for everyone. For all employees, knowing how to
      identify and avoid or resolve negative conflict can positively
      impact efficiency and effectiveness at work. For anyone with a
      direct report, knowing how to resolve conflicts is an essential skill.

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