New research from Right Management has found that 24 per cent of UK workers said that the ability of co-workers was one of their top three workplace challenges.

With this in mind, we thought it was important to address how employers can handle conflicting colleagues and create more harmony in the workplace…

The chances of all workers connecting and communicating well with each other at all times are rather slim.

If employers do not try and address any communication concerns, it could lead to less productivity in the office, with workers minds being elsewhere.

All your workers will have different ways of working and unique personalities that may mean people clash at times.

To help avoid this, employers ought to help workers understand each other a little better, as well as understand themselves and how they can improve.

Swedish author and lecturer, Thomas Erikson, categorises human behaviour into four different colours – red, yellow, green and blue.

By understanding what each colour stands for and how it could represent each employees’ personality, employers can recommend the best ways to talk to one another.

Which colours are your employees?

ColourTraitsHow to address them
RedAmbitious, direct, determined, goal-oriented, opinionated, controlling, and rather impatient.Be frank, honest, and argumentative – they don’t like when someone sits on the fence. To motivate them, give them a demanding task as opposed to a tedious one.
YellowCommunicative, persuasive, outgoing, adaptable.Be open and friendly – laugh at their jokes and throw one in yourself. They do not thrive on independent work, as they can be a tad disorganised.
GreenCalm, supportive, considerate, kind, prudent, and sometimes hesitant.Be complimentary towards their work and make it clear it is nothing personal when criticising it. Encourage one-to-one sessions, rather than group meetings with this employee.
BlueWell-organised, analytical, logical, and quite reserved.Be meticulous when addressing tasks as they tend to be perfectionists. Avoid giving them tight deadlines as they do not always suit them.

This approach can help employers identify what tasks and approaches suit each worker most. This could also help address where employees are going wrong in their communication methods.

Once employees recognise how best to approach one another in the workplace, you can create a more productive atmosphere for everyone.

Additionally, we also recommend that you take a look at your own personality traits and approach to work, to see what you can do to improve.

This could help you understand and utilise your skills further, as well as help you identify any downfalls in your personality that may conflict with the workforce.

To do this, you could do any of the following:

  • Take a personality test
  • Identify and work on your weaknesses
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Encourage and focus on your staff.

Leading a team of people, each with their own traits and approaches, is never an easy task.

Discovering your strongest assets, understanding each employees’ traits, and encouraging understanding between one another will boost the performance of your colleagues and overall business.

Do you need advice on looking at your workforce’s needs? Let’s have a chat.