Creating Harmony in the Workforce
To combat the toxic environment set by today's political and cultural divide and debate at your place of work, it's essential to know how to get along with others, despite differences in opinion. According to a 2020 census, the United States population is more racially and ethnically diverse than ten years ago. With such diversity and differences, it's essential to be kind to everyone.
We have ten steps for you spanning over ten days to help you understand the reasons for keeping harmony at work. Along with this, we'll provide you with a question as a journal prompt to answer. As you write down the answer in your journal, you'll go through your emotions and feelings and work your way to understand better not just your perspective on life but also of the people you work with. Here is a glimpse into the next 10 days:
- How to understand other's perspectives
- How to ask questions without offending
- How to mindfully listen
- How to reset the tone of the conversation
- How to develop your relational agility
- How to respect others political boundaries
- How to develop work friendships
- How to develop strong people skills
- How to agree to disagree
- How to celebrate the process!
Step 1: Understand Others' Perspectives
A routine conversation can quickly devolve into a verbal war if there isn't a basic level of comprehension and respect for another's point of view. And, while it is critical to learn how to communicate your point of view effectively, it is critical to comprehend someone else's. If you interact with people who agree with you, you may be missing out on crucial information. For example, if someone believes in the Second Amendment, you might want to stop to think why they think that way.
Step 2: Ask Questions
Asking your coworkers questions will not only help you learn things about them in-depth, but they will also help you create relationships. When you inquire about a coworker's personal and professional aspirations or standard requirements, you demonstrate that you care about them. Allow them to tell you about their lives before you tell them about yours. Your employees will associate you with being a good communicator if you ask questions and encourage open conversation. They are more inclined to come to you with worries, joys, or when they need someone to listen to them.
Step 3: Mindfully Listen
This should be self-evident, but I believe it is worth emphasizing. Listening actively implies paying attention to what the other person is saying to comprehend what they are saying. Anyone would be turned off if they believed they were being heard to have their words flung back at them. That would pull someone further away from not only the person with whom they're disputing but also the subject of their argument. So, as unpleasant as it may be, listen first and foremost to comprehend, as much as you may want to rush in and correct.
Step 4: Reset The Tone
Conflicts have an emotional component to them. Even minor disagreements can build friction between us and others, prompting us to withdraw in an attempt to lessen our feelings of hurt, irritation, and rage. When we notice any tension, however, rather than withdrawing, research suggests that we should reset the emotional tone.
Deepak Chopra MD. says that writing your feelings out on paper is also valuable to express emotion. This is very effective when you can write out your painful experiences
- in the first person
- in the second person
- and from the perspective of a third-person account
Step 5: Develop Your Relational Agility
When confronted with a problem, we must be willing to attempt different ways of connecting, in addition to resetting the emotional tone and building a shared narrative. This is referred to as relational agility. When a relationship breaks down, we frequently "dig in," sticking to our version of events and favored remedy. Instead, if we pause and improvise — looking for a new and creative way to tackle the problem — we are more likely to effectively heal and improve the relationship.
Step 6: Respect Their Political Boundaries
With 2020 being an election year, it's usual for political conversations to take place at work, according to Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president, and CEO of SHRM, who tells CNBC Make It that it's vital for us to recognize that "people have the right to have their opinion." For example, you can't just shout out the "Let's Go Brandon" slogan in the middle of work. It's disrespectful to people's political views and creates hostility in the work environment.
Step 7: Develop Work Friendships
The Gallup Management Journal polled 1,003 employees across the country to learn more about the influence of workplace connections. Respondents were questioned about their work connections in several ways. Gallup looked at the replies to discover which questions differed the most between engaged and non-engaged or actively disengaged employees.
Step 8: Develop People Skills
We all know people who are excellent listeners, whether in business or our personal life. They always seem to know just what to say – and how to say it – so that we aren't insulted or disturbed, no matter what scenario we're in. They're kind and sympathetic, and even if we don't discover a solution to our situation, we usually leave with a renewed sense of hope and optimism. There are many ways in which you can increase your emotional intelligence.
Step 9: Accept That You Might Not Agree or Change Minds
It's pointless to expect others to change for you. This is common in relationships where one partner wishes for the other to improve, behave appropriately, and love them in the way they desire. Those expectations, however, are rarely satisfied.
Step 10: Celebrate The Process
The good news is that we don't have to sit back and let ourselves become victims; we can take control of our professional relationships by being proactive.
You have a strong possibility of making progress in applying these steps unless the other person is closed, determined to fight, or carrying a grudge. Either way, you will feel better after expressing what you need to say and do your best.