Managing Workplace Conflicts


Added on  2019-09-26

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The conflict of interest occurs at the workplace when the personal interest of an employee does not align with the organizational interest. In other words, the conflicts of interest occur due to the dual relationships of an individual in the workplace. The organizational conflict of interest indicates the situation when an institution fails to act impartially due to its relationship with other organizations.The conflict of interest can be observed in the following cases— The interest of a public official contradicts with the professional position The same person is in the position of authority in two organizations and the interests between these two organizations contradict with each otherWhen the responsibilities of an individual contradict with each other To mitigate the risk of conflict of interest, the organizations need to identify the root causes. The conflict of interest can be caused due to the tendency of nepotism and self- dealing. The nepotism can be described as the tendency of favouring some individuals over others (Kennedy & Houston, 2016). Thecommon example of nepotism in an organization is, showing preference to close friends and relatives while hiring them. The self-dealing occurs when an authorized individual in an organization has some contradictory interest outside the business. In such cases, the individual may focus on meeting own interest rather than that of the organization leading to self-dealing.The conflict of interest does not indicate the situation of criminal activity (Johnston, 2017). For instance, an employee can hire a close relative for a position. It cannot necessarily be considered as the nepotism unless the relative is given with favour such as higher salary. However, unless none of the parties is violating the rules and regulations or the organizational policies, there is no criminal offence considered. In the case of private organizations, the policies are incorporated to reduce the risk of nepotism and the self-dealing. The private organizations can also focus on having a lawsuit, in the case; an incident of conflict of interest is identified. The government organizations also, take legal help to prevent public employees to get involved in a situation that can lead to a conflict of interest.The conflict of interest can be managed by incorporating the following principles in the business policiesDuty of care: Duty of care facilitates the employees to attend the meetings, asking questions against the organizational policies, sharing independent views and attending the meetings with adequate preparation.Duty of Obedience: The duty of obedience encourages the employees to achieve and protect the organizational mission. The duty of obedience also encourages the employees to comply with the laws and organizational policy. The duty of loyalty: The duty of loyalty encourages the staffs to disclose the conflicts of interest with the management. The duty of loyalty also a encourages the staffs for adhering to the policy and avoiding the use of the organizational assets for own benefit.
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