Impacts of Negative Conflicts on Workplace Environment

Positive c also known as collaboration bring out the best ideas and innovations. These take place when everyone is aligned and moving in a positive and constructive direction. However, if the conflicts are negative, then conflicts can hamper the entire workplace environment. Negative conflicts, if not addressed timely, can be adverse and negatively impact the organization.  This can have a negative impact on employees, vendors, customers and other stakeholders, and potentially could ruin its reputation among clients. Hence, conflict resolutions needs to be taken seriously by the business owner and the management team.

Conflicts are present in every workplace; some are positive, and some are negative! If the negative conflicts are left unaddressed, this can have an adverse effect on employee morale and hinder performance. If still left unresolved, it may impact the reputation of the company, ultimately resulting in the loss of revenue. That is why; business owners and managers need to understand the implications of how negative conflicts at the workplace can affect the work atmosphere adversely and take the necessary steps to resolve the conflict before it escalates. 

How does a negative conflict impact the workplace?

  • Declined Work Performance

When negative conflicts aren’t addressed timely this can ,create stress and tension in the workplace. As a result, this can lead to poor planning, disagreements, and errors. Eventually, the work environment may become toxic, hampering the performance and motivation of the employees. Ultimately, the company or organization will suffer  loss. 

Conflicts take time with  arguments, gossip, and taking sides, which again affects the work culture, and negatively impact work performance. 

  • Low Employee Morale

Negative cConflicts at the workplace,, drain people of energy,. This is  energy that could have been used in positive ways within the firm. Wasted energy affects the morale of the entire team.  Morale, motivation, and , job satisfaction all suffer. To avoid the conflict, employees may take time off and avoid working with one another.

Employees who get caught up in the conflicts may very well experience anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, and physical pains. Each of these conditions make the workplace even more stressful affecting the mental and physical health and the morale of employees.

  • Loss of Revenue

When the business owner or manager fails to address negative conflicts in the workplace timely, it ultimately hurts the revenue of the company and expenses upsurge. A toxic work environment leads to an increase in staff turnover and the company might need to spend extra funds on recruitment and training. 

Moreover, negative conflicts between the employees also has a negative impact on the customer experience, which may further lead to diminished profits. Employees and other staff may find it challenging to carry out their respective jobs properly, which might affect the relationships of the company with its clients. The public image of the organization might also be negatively impacted.

How to Tackle Workplace Conflicts Thoughtfully? 

As a manager of an organization, you need to 

  • Understand the nature of the conflict
  • Encourage both the parties to work it out themselves
  • Get to the root of the problem 
  • Listen to both sides
  • Consider seeking help of an impartial person to help resolve the issue 
  • Work with them to find a constructive way to communicate with each other

If you would like some help on how to improve your work environment to be more productive and to help people understand each other better you can reach out to an expert that specializes in this area. Mike Gregory is ,a dynamic, energetic,passionate, international speaker who offers keynote, workshop, seminar and executive forum presentations providing practical ways for people to work better with one another. He teaches participants how to apply The Collaboration Effect® . As a result, clients indicate that their people are more focused on the tasks at hand, more confident when faced with difficult decisions, and more at peace in their professional and personal relationships.

This article is written on behalf of The Collaboration Effect®. The Collaboration Effect® enhances relationships, resources and revenues by developing relationships, actively listening, educating participants and collaborating closure.  To learn more about Mike Gregory speaking engagements visit