Dealing with a Co-worker Who Creates Conflict While on Assignment

Perhaps one of the reasons you’ve decided to work as a traveling healthcare professional is because you’re tired of the inevitable personality conflicts and office politics that come up when you work at a hospital or other medical facility for a long time.

Yet difficult personalities are everywhere and some of them seem to take great pleasure in making the life of a traveling professional miserable while working at your assignment’s facility.

Much of the way to deal with such a person on assignment is similar to how you should handle the conflict-raiser when working at a long-time position.

Read below for some tips on how to handle someone whose middle name must be Conflict.

  1. First, understand that conflict can be a good thing? Why, because it keeps you on your toes, helps you question how you do or say things, helps you grow as a person.
  2. Remember that all conflict must end in someone winning and someone losing is a myth. Every conflict can end with both parties feeling they have won something important.
  3. Also understand that it’s not just “bad” workers or people who start conflicts. Many people who become involved in conflicts on the job often are productive employees and nice people.
  4. If you feel tension growing between you and a colleague, address it right away. Talk to your co-worker about your relationship, that you’ve noticed some tension brewing. Simply withdrawing and “ignoring” the conflict is a defense mechanism and could actually result in more tension and conflict growing – and finally erupting.
  5. As you two discuss your apparent conflict talk about whether the conflict is because of your communication styles (one of you may feel that asking tons of questions is a sure sign of no skills, while the other thinks asking questions is a way to make sure all information necessary is disseminated). Is it your work environment? Is it office politics? Expectations of your supervisor? Tell your co-worker you want to resolve any differences between you so that both of you are happy.
  6. Finally, if it appears you and your coworker are headed to warfare no matter how much you and he or she try to communicate in a more collegial way, discuss the matter with your assignment supervisor. It’s also a good idea to let your travel staffing service supervisor know that things are coming to a boil.
  7. In fact, whenever you come across an assignment that’s becoming difficult, contact your recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing as soon as possible. If the conflict is becoming quite heated, we can step in on your behalf and discuss the matter with our client. You should never have to deal with conflict that escalates into verbal, emotional or physical abuse. Remember that we are here for you and that we consider it our job to make ensure your safety while on the road.

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