Workplace conflicts are pretty common — even in the most collegial of offices, you’re bound to get a whiff of bad blood or competition between co-workers. And most of the time, these disputes manifest themselves in pretty subtle ways: dirty looks in the hallways, passive-aggressive one-upping in meetings, etc. Then there are the rare instances when a workplace conflict turns into a very public, very real argument.
I’ve never been in the middle of a full-blown argument at work, but I’ve definitely been on the observing end of a couple of memorable incidents. At a previous job, a female colleague called our male co-worker into a small storage room under the pretense of needing help with a heavy box — and then proceeded to shut the door behind them and air her grievances with him. Loudly. The rest of our team just listened in shock, and things were pretty awkward in our tiny office for a while.
Have you ever had a knock-down drag-out with a co-worker or manager in your workplace?