When you work in an office, tons of personalities are coming together. And it’s no surprise that sometimes they clash. There’s even evolutionary reasoning behind those flare ups, according to organizational psychologist Ben Dattner:
“As human beings evolved, our survival depended on being able to quickly identify and differentiate friend from foe, which meant making rapid judgments about the character and intentions of other people or tribes. Focusing on people rather than situations is faster and simpler, and focusing on a few attributes of people, rather than on their complicated entirety, is an additional temptation.”
But while personality conflicts make for an easy explanation, they’re not always to blame for office drama: employers are. Learn how you could be to blame for workplace tensions on OPEN Forum.