Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. Next time you’re faced with the choice of speaking up or shrinking back from the issue, Harvard Business Review suggests you draw confidence from your experience and choose to be assertive about your views.
We know that assertion can get us what we need at work. It's still easy to let our ideas fall to the wayside because we don't want to have conflict with those who are already asserting their ideas. Harvard Business Review says this does more harm than good:
You create relationships that are neither authentic nor constructive. Your health and self-esteem may suffer and you signal that you're a victim. And your organisation loses out as you make compromises with the loudest person in the room, lose the diversity of thinking that's critical for innovation, or stop producing the best solutions.
Next time you feel intimidated about asserting yourself, remember that your ideas are valuable too. Hit the links below to read more about assertion and conflict.