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Workplace Conflict - May 8, 2024

PLUS: US labor market shifts, an employee productivity checklist & more.

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Ready to roll? 💪 We’ve got lots to talk about this week, from the latest HR news to the most recent resources, studies and trends. Let’s get into it!

In today’s edition:


Workplace conflict is costing US businesses billions

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Workplace conflict — defined as any type of disagreement that causes disruptions to employees’ workflow — doesn’t just have psychological aftereffects on the people involved. 🧠

With US employees spending just under 3 hours each week dealing with workplace conflict, the problem translates into lost productivity, and therefore lost capital, for companies. Specifically, a study showed that, across the US, employers lose $ 359b in paid hours due to conflict in the workplace every year.

This figure, much like the estimated hours spent dealing with conflict, is believed to be much higher, as a lot of the time conflict isn’t reported. So, what can businesses do to minimize the toll that workplace conflict has on team morale, productivity and profitability?

Providing conflict management training, eliminating workplace stressors where possible, and resolving disputes quickly can play a crucial role in keeping employees happy and preserving their productivity. 🤝

— Electra Michaelidou


The latest BLS data shows higher unemployment for workers in business services and a lower one for people in manufacturing. [NBC News]

The PWFA requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to workers’ known limitations regarding pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. [The National Law Review]

They say the tech giant violated their labor rights when firing 28 employees for protesting against its cloud services contract with the Israeli government. [HR Dive]


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Discover ways to implement and use pronouns respectfully within the workplace. [Venngage]



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Created with care by Chris Leitch, Joanna Zambas, and Electra Michaelidou.