Having a common employer with common goals and objectives doesn’t mean co-workers always work in harmony. Conflicts will come, and they don’t have to create simmering resentments or blow up into openly feuding.

This ridiculous scene from “Brazil” gives vivid illustration what often brews beneath the surface in co-workers’ relationships. Use it to expose these frustrations and offer constructive solutions for dealing with conflict.



Conflict with a co-worker is rarely this obvious. What kinds of conflict are more typical?

What can prevent co-workers from dealing with their conflict?

How does unresolved conflict affect your performance at work? Your overall attitude?

What are some positive ways you can deal with conflict in the future?


Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. He will be speaking at SCCE Compliance & Ethics Conference in Las Vegas.

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