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How you should be handling workplace animosity

Animosity in the workplace can turn your dream job into a nightmare.

No matter how nice you may be, at some stage in your working life, you’ll experience some workplace animosity.

There are a lot of different factors that can contribute to a frosty relationship with co-workers.

While conflicts are an inconvenience, they’re also a learning opportunity. Solving something of this nature will not only build up your soft skills but help you learn a little more about yourself too! Below are a few bits of advice on the causes of office arguments and how to solve them to create a great atmosphere to work in.

Bad Communication

A breakdown in communication is an easy way to put everyone in a bad mood and sadly it often happens. Misunderstandings about tasks to be done during the day waste precious time and energy; and this lack of communication fuels workplace gossip, decreases employee confidence and diminishes productivity.

How to solve it:

When you know what you’re doing, you’ll work a lot better. If you’re ever unsure about what you’re supposed to be doing or changes to your workload, then ask your superior. The same applies to your colleagues. Be clear and concise when talking about your jobs with the people you work with to make sure nobody treads on anyone else's toes.

If it’s you that’s giving out the orders, make sure you let all relevant personnel know of any changes as soon as possible. It sounds simple, but keeping communication flowing with meetings, catch-up emails and assessments is the best way to create a happy, helpful team.

Personality Clashes

We’ve all met someone that we just don’t like. There’s no real reason behind it, we just don’t. When you have to work with these kinds of people, day in and day out, tensions are bound to surface.

How to solve it:

There are a couple of things you could look at to smooth over this kind of situation.

The first solution is pretty obvious. Embracing different personalities can be tricky, particularly when they don’t gel well with yours. It requires a little introspective but think why you don’t like that colleague. Your disliking could simply be a misunderstanding of somebodies traits: Colleague A may be straight to the point, but that makes them concise, not rude.

If that fails, then take the higher road and keep your communications strictly business. Remove yourself from the problem and your one step closer to a happier work-space.


It doesn’t matter what you do, from juggling stocks to a supermarket cashier, our emotions sometimes get the better of us. Emotional disputes are often difficult to resolve, as they’re usually more personal and tensions run a lot higher.

How to solve it:

When emotions are high, the best thing to is to take yourself out of the situation. Whether it’s you or your colleague, make sure you get a little bit of space to calm down and think about the cause of this emotional stress.

Take a walk, grab a hot drink or pop outside for a couple of minutes to re-centre yourself.

Job Dissatisfaction

If you’re dissatisfied with your job, it shows. Not being happy with your job impacts every aspect of your life, with social interactions at work suffering the most.

How to solve it:

Either speak to your employer and explain why you’re feeling this way and find a way to change it, or apply for a new job.

If you still haven’t solved your office conflict, you may needs to take further action. Make sure you know your legal rights by checking the government’s website. 

Last, but not least, cover your basics. If you arrive on time, work quickly and efficiently and celebrate your colleagues achievements as if they were your own; there should be no reason for you to get anyone’s backs up.