Here’s Why Disagreeing At Work Is Good

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Here’s Why Disagreeing At Work Is Good

It is easier to always agree with what your boss or team says. When you agree, you flow with the stream, you don’t have to defend your viewpoint, everyone seems happy with you and there is little effort put into persuasion. But just being the ‘yes’ person may not be as good for genuine productivity at work.

Disagreements, though seemingly unpleasant, are good for work. Disagreements are an inevitable, normal, and healthy part of relating to other people. There is no such thing as a conflict-free work environment. You might dream of working in a peaceful utopia, but it would not be good for your company, your work, or you. In fact, disagreements, when managed well, have lots of positive outcomes.

In the series ‘Suits’, Mike is often seen disagreeing with his boss Harvey, sometimes even disobeying him. But he has solutions whenever there is a mess up
In the series ‘Suits’, Mike is often seen disagreeing with his boss Harvey, sometimes even disobeying him. But he has solutions whenever there is a mess up

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According to Sandeep Mishra, Group Creative Head at Laqshya Medical Group, “it is important to have differences and disagreements on a topic, as this gives you scope for a healthy discussion and a newer perspective that may have missed consideration. I prefer talking to the junior most person on team, as they are of the upcoming generation. If an idea works with them as well as the senior members, then nothing is as good as that.”

Here Are Some Of The Positive Outcomes Of Disagreements At Work

Creates Better Solutions

When you and your team members disagree about something, and brainstorm for an alternative, usually the team comes up with a better solution than previously thought. Disagreement pushes each member to do better by creating space for healthy competition.

An Opportunity To Grow

When you disagree with something, you are compelled to put forward your ideas and support them with valid arguments. This process is an opportunity to grow. It builds a mindset where you rationally analyse your own thinking and learn to validate it when presenting to others.

Learning To Accept Dislike

Often we enter a compulsive cycle to be liked by each and everyone at work. When this happens, we tend to become a people-pleaser without targeting the larger picture and our career goals. When you become comfortable with disagreement, you realise that you cannot be liked by all, and you have to stand by your views when you know you are right, regardless of the popularity quotient.

More Satisfied With Work

When you are not afraid to constructively disagree about issues at work, you are likely to be happier to go to the office, be satisfied with what you accomplish, and enjoy interactions with your colleagues. Office will not feel like a tightrope walk, and you will genuinely enjoy what you do.

These approaches show that disagreement at work is good for the team and for you.

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