You thought your team was happy and settled. Interactions appeared smooth, professional and productive; individuals worked well together, performing to the best of their abilities in order to get their jobs done quickly and efficiently. Everything was running smoothly.

But something changed…

For many business owners and employers, workplace disharmony can come as quite a shock. Your team, who were once working well together, are suddenly snappy, unmotivated and inflexible – and you can’t work out why!?

Here at SCHR, we know that the constant nagging feeling associated with not fully acknowledging workplace disharmony, the sense that things aren’t right amongst your troops, can become a massive monkey on your back.  Well, here’s the good news: establishing workplace harmony isn’t as tricky as you think.

Why storms are actually good news for your business

Workplace disharmony occurs for all sorts of reasons. It’s characterised by power struggles, arguments, backbiting, relationship breakdown, egotism and the subsequent blurring of boundaries. During periods of disharmony, your staff members may become more outspoken, less productive and increasingly hostile towards one another and management. You may even notice team members clock watching or procrastinating openly.

Just remember: if you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.

Workplace harmony doesn’t just happen; it’s part of a process. There’s even a theory about it – Bruce Tuckman’s 1965 Forming Storming Norming Performing team-development model. So fear not, there is an end in sight.

But how do you, as a manager or business owner, facilitate this change and safeguard your own sanity during the storming phase? First things first, you need to accept and embrace this part of the process.  It’s not just going to happen – it needs to happen. If your team is going to be the best it can be, individuals have to be given the opportunity to test and reimagine boundaries, mature, learn and evolve together.  

Naturally, when conflict arises, you need deal with it.

Don’t bury your head in the sand!

If issues between staff members arise, stay calm and remain focused and detached. Your aim should be to find a resolution and move on. (Hard, we know, but remember: it’s not personal, it’s business.)

Surviving storms – top tips for business owners and employers

As we’ve explained, storms are an inevitable – if occasional – occurrence in business.  Storms often take place during periods of change; perhaps you’ve hired new members of staff, just won a game-changing contract, or have moved premises. Your team is merely feeling its way through this new and challenging period.

If you can sense a storm brewing, don’t panic, just follow these simple steps and you’ll soon be sailing into the sunshine:

  • Keep calm and carry on – don’t get flustered! A cool head is invaluable during stormy weather.
  • Be flexible and ride it out – respond to issues swiftly, as and when they arise. Don’t burry your head in the sand; stay on your toes.
  • Nip conflicts in the bud – when conflicts occur, strive to find a resolution and help all parties involved move on.
  • Seek professional advice and guidance

Here at SCHR, we know just how destabilising storms can be, which is why we offer real and practical solutions, which are tailored to your business’ individual requirements.  We can work with you to design and implement numerous strategies destined to bring about workplace harmony.

New Manager Bootcamp

Ideal for new managers, or those that would like a refresher. This half day session covers the following topics:

  • Identifying different management styles, and how they can be used to motivate
  • Understanding different personality types, and how this impacts your management style and how people work
  • Understanding employee motivation and how to get the best out of your team
  • How to set and review goals
  • How to have difficult conversations
  • Essential employment law

The course will be run by Emily Perry, an expert HR consultant with over 15 years experience of supporting managers in an HR role.

We aim for the course to be interactive, fun and provoke lively discussion!

  • Date: 27th September
  • Time: 9:00am registration, for a 9:30am start. Finish at 1:00pm.
  • Location: Central Chichester Location (to be confirmed)

Cost: £225 per person (includes refreshments and course takeaways) – BOOK NOW AND GET OUR EARLY BIRD DEAL OF £199 per person – deal ends on 28 August. Early bird tickets must be booked and paid for by 28 August.

Get in touch

We love working with a variety of businesses and business owners – whether new on your business journey or well established. We are specialist in dealing with tricky HR issues as well as the essentials, like developing your policies and procedures.

Give us a call on: 01243 717693 or message us directly