Around 19% of employees feel anger towards their co-workers every week. Conflict between co-workers can lead to a negative work environment and make other employees feel uncomfortable. Tension can also lead to increased stress among workers and decrease productivity 

All businesses encounter employees that occasionally do not get along, but it is important to resolve the issue as soon as possible rather than letting it fester and get worse 

Here are five ways to deal with employees that do not get along:  

Encourage the employees to talk it out 

Give your employees the space to try and work out the issue on their own. Provide them with a private area in the office so they can discuss their conflicts. Allowing employees to discuss their conflicts on their own may give them the time and space to come to a mutual understanding on their own terms.  

If the employees are unable to come to an agreement, then express to them that management and HR may be getting involved.  

Get to the bottom of the issue  

Try to avoid making assumptions about the situation or listening to rumors. Instead, talk directly to the employees involved in the conflict and try to understand the issue.  

It is crucial to engage in separate conversations with each employee involved. Talking to each employee individually will create a more personal environment and will increase the chances of the employee opening up to you about the problem.  

Do not delay the step of addressing the issue, otherwise it may get worse. It is important to get to the bottom of the issue as soon as possible.  

 Listen to both sides  

Refrain from taking sides and try to be unbiased during conversations with each employee. Ask your employees to explain their side of the story and really listen to what they have to say.  

Listening to your employees will help them feel valued and heard, and it will also help you understand more about the problem. Understanding both sides will also help you to come to a fair conclusion for the employees.  

Set clear expectations  

Communicate your expectations and goals with your employees to help ensure everyone is on the same page. For example, you can tell your employees that they do not have to be friends, but that they must be respectful to each other in the office. Create boundaries for the employees and set clear expectations for what you expect from each of them going forward. 

Follow up 

Follow up with each employee frequently and ask if expectations are being met. If the employee addresses any issues, then try to talk them through and work to resolve them. If your employees say that things are looking better, then set a time to follow up with them in the future to ensure things are still resolved.  

Conflict between employees is common, but it is not something to disregard. During one-on-one meetings consider asking your employees about their workplace relationships and if there seems to be any tension between team members. There may be conflict going on that leaders are not aware of, so always try to use effective communication to ensure all employees are creating a safe and comfortable environment for one another.