Forget the Bat, Choose the Knee

U.S. workers spend on average 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict, according to a recent Entrepreneur magazine article. That equates to approximately $359 billion in paid hours annually.

In addition, for 25 percent of workers, avoiding conflict leads to sickness or absence from work. Nearly 10 percent report that workplace conflict leads to project failure and more than one-third say that conflict results in someone leaving the company.U.S. workers spend on average 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict. Click To Tweet

While these statistics showing the damage to U.S. business are startling, there’s a much bigger concern out there.

What is all this workplace conflict doing to the wellbeing of the people within your span of care? How can they even begin to find fulfillment in their work when unresolved conflict and turmoil is so rampant in the workplace? And ultimately what effect does this have on their families?

Respected author, speaker and good friend Srikumar Rao, PhD, recently had the opportunity to participate in Barry-Wehmiller’s Communication Skills Training and experienced firsthand how we encourage our team members to approach conflict in the workplace. Afterward, he wrote about his experience for Inc. magazine.

How are those in your span of care handling the conflict in their lives? How are you?

Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $3+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 12,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.

1 Comment

  • Michael Rogan says:

    Another great example of using a more human approach. i may be in the minority but having engaged people around me who are discussing learning which is outside the day to day work just makes people more engaged when we do have work related learning. And listening to two people today discussing the similarity between learning Spanish and car mechanics just made the courses even more worthwhile.

    Well done and please keep sharing, i look forward to every email.


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