Interdependence in the workplace is the way employees interact and relate with one another, drawing from each person's contribution so that a greater goal is reached.
These types of conflicts are task-based and usually occur when a group of individuals are working on a project together. During this time, the group needs to coordinate their tasks so that everyone can successfully get their part done. Some employees will need others to pull their socks up if they’re not up to speed, as it could be holding up their work. For example, if a project is coming to a close, but the whole team is waiting for someone to edit the final version, that employee is holding the group up, which could make them miss their deadline.
This can often cause heated discussions between colleagues where one does not feel like another is pulling their weight.
The problem generally does not surface up the leadership ladder until employee attitudes are formed against one another. Resentment can begin to fester, which develops into workplace conflict. It’s like a snowball effect, beginning as a small issue between two employees and developing into a bigger problem involving management.
Let’s say an employee has been waiting for another individual to complete a task, but they’re late. The employee has requested what’s needed, but they still haven’t delivered. The employee will become irritated over the situation, and resentment will grow towards the employee, and towards management.
At this point, the employee could assume that management is ignorant of the situation. They could blame management for allowing the situation to get to the point where the employee has to ‘act the manager’ and come down on a different employee.
As an employee, if you experience a situation like this and you attempt to deal with it yourself, here are some vocabulary tips:
Why not try…
After you have tried to resolve the situation in an amicable fashion, the only option left might be to approach management with the situation, especially before it goes too far.
Maybe you are the management in this situation, and an employee comes to you visibly upset and annoyed that another employee is holding up their work. Here are some vocabulary tips for you:
Why not try…
Considering the employee has come to you visibly distraught, the best thing to do is put their mind at ease. Let them know that you will take care of the situation, and they can get back to their normal duties. It’s important that the team knows that if they come to you with a problem, you are willing and capable of handling it.