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8 Signs of Conflict in the Workplace

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Being proactive is the best way to prevent conflict from undermining performance and relationships. Here are some of the most common signs of conflict in the workplace.

1. Decrease in Productivity

2. Quality Issues

3. High Turnover

The average turnover rate is 16%. [1]

4. Excessive Absenteeism

Only 2.8% of the workforce is absent on regular workdays. [2]

5. Dysfunctional Meetings

No clear agenda, lack of thoughtful dialogue, people aren’t paying attention.

6. Anxiety and Stress

In a survey on work-related stress, two of the top four causes were associated with conflict. [3]

  • Deadlines (55%)
  • Interpersonal relationships (53%)
  • Staff management (50%)
  • Dealing with issues/problems that arise (49%)

7. Complaints

8. Changes in Interactions with Others

Odd comments, avoidance behaviors, short responses to questions.


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  1. Society for Human Resource Management
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  3. Anxiety and Depression Association of America

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