5 Effective Strategies to Handle Office Conflict

It is people who make workplaces and it is a known fact that people inevitably bring in their emotions to work. On a regular working day, everything may be going fine, however, in a crisis, each employee will respond differently. This different behaviour or defence mechanism is important so that the person can combat a difficult situation and navigate through difficult feelings and emotions. However, when there is a pattern of behaviour stemming from a defence mechanism, which negatively impacts others, conflicts are inevitable. To address conflict resolution, it’s important to first understand defence mechanisms before coming up with any strategies to overcome them. Let’s look at 5 very common defencive behaviours of employees:

Conflicts rarely resolve themselves. Third-party interventions are sometimes necessary, and this responsibility mainly falls on the managers, HR folks and leaders. Through conflict resolution, and when resolved properly, conflicts can lead to better ideas, better understanding, and better working relationships. To address conflict resolution, it’s important to first understand defence mechanisms before coming up with any strategies to overcome them. Let’s look at 5 very common defensive behaviours of employees:

3 Listening Styles That Are Cornerstones of Modern Leadership

3 Listening Styles That Are Cornerstones of Modern Leadership - Yellow Spark Blog. Let's explore 3 types of listening skills that are essential for successful leaders, managers and the organisation at large.

Traditionally, workplace communication flow has been from the top to the bottom. However, things are changing now. Successful organisations understand that communication flows not just from top to bottom but also sideways and even from the bottom to the top. And that’s where listening skills come into perspective. Let’s explore 3 types of listening skills that are essential for successful leaders, managers and the organisation at large.

7 Barriers to Empathy That Block Effective Leadership

7 Barriers to Empathy That Block Effective Leadership_Yellow Spark Blog

Empathy plays a major role in the workplace that will deal with failures, poor performance and manage employees who genuinely show interest to contribute, improve, and grow. As leaders, your role is simple – deal empathetically with the team and watch them build a strong and prosperous organisation. This understanding will give a better way to manage the challenges ahead. However, most leaders find this hard. It is therefore important to take note of the barriers to empathetic behaviour:

Rethinking HR in the Post-Covid Scenario

Rethinking HR in the Post-Covid Scenario_yellow spark blog

Inadvertently, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink our work cultures, workspaces, and work relationships. It has laid down the foundation for a new ecosystem. While there is no one-solution-fits-all approach, HR needs to start thinking about things cohesively. And here are a few pertinent questions that will help to broadly outline some of the top priorities for HR teams as we come out of lockdown.

3 Leadership Mantras That Will Set You Apart

3 Leadership Mantras That Will Set You Apart_Yellow Spark Blog

Good leadership is not about winning a popularity contest. Being liked and respected is not the primary goal. From our experiences with clients so far, we have, identified a few ingredients we believe are essential to set you on the right path to becoming the leader in a successful business. We have watered it down to these three crucial mantras…

A Leader’s Guide to Engaging High Potential Employees

A Leader's Guide to Engaging High Potential Employees_YellowSparkBlog

High potential employees are the ones who are able and willing to contribute the most to the company. These are the people, whom we all love to work with because of their passion, commitment and a constant desire to level up. They push their mental and professional boundaries for their own growth, as well as the growth of the company. High potential employees have their own set of values, principles, discipline, and manner of working. They are able to give their best to the company with confidence as they are aware of their worth an asset.

However, as much as having such people on board is an asset for the company, equally high is the risk of losing such valuable talent. Therefore, leaders have a tough task of keeping these high potential employees engaged for as long as possible in the organisation.

Body Language – a Non-verbal Morse Code Simplified

Body Language - a Non-verbal Morse Code Simplified_Yellow Spark Blog

As a team leader, you emulate a lot more through your body language than you do with your words. You may prepare your PPT, conduct meeting and decide how you will motivate your team in a certain way. But what about the non-verbal cues that you give? This is an often neglected or least-focussed trait that influences your employees the most. In a majority of cases, it tends to overpower what you say with your words too. So here’s a quick guide to help you understand the unspoken language that you can embody.

How To Work Effectively With Your 2nd Line Of Leadership

How To Work Effectively With Your 2nd Line Of Leadership_Yellow Spark Blog

CEOs must decide the final objective of a task, and ensure that its execution is met with unwavering focus. One of the major dilemmas that every key decision-maker has to face is that of focusing between strategy and execution. Spending too much time strategising or acquiring ideas on strategy may not just tend to delay the execution but also lead to series of other management concerns. It could derail your people management agenda as well as impact employee communication. Here are some of the things that act as red flags. Being aware and taking note of them could help you get back on track.