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5 Ways to Avoid Civil War in the Office

Like it or not, we'll be involved in some sort of argument or disagreement with our colleagues over the course of our career. It's a given that views on what's best for our companies and customers will vary from time to time. Even superheroes aren't immune to a difference of opinion every now and then; we're all waiting anxiously to see how Captain America, Iron Man, and the rest of The Avengers resolve their differences in what's likely to be the summer’s first blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War.

Like it or not, we’ll be involved in some sort of argument or disagreement with our colleagues over the course of our career. It’s a given that views on what’s best for our companies and customers will vary from time to time. Even superheroes aren’t immune to a difference of opinion every now and then; we’re all waiting anxiously to see how Captain America, Iron Man, and the rest of The Avengers resolve their differences in what’s likely to be the summer’s first blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War.

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If you want to avoid duking it out with your co-workers — in the case of The Avengers, literally — here are five things you can do to avoid a workplace Civil War.

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1. Be nice

Treat your colleagues the way you’d want to be treated. Don’t involve yourself in gossip or office politics. Reply promptly to emails. Hold the door or the elevator for people. Let someone else use the coffeemaker before you. You know, all the basic stuff you do when you’re … being nice. And since science has proven that smiling actually makes you and the people you’re smiling at happier, smile!

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2. Support your colleagues

Is someone on your team struggling with a deadline? Ask them if you can help. Think someone has a good idea in a meeting? Vocalize your support in front of the team. Listen, really listen, to your colleague’s ideas and problems, and see if there’s any way you can lend a hand. Even if they don’t accept, they’ll appreciate the offer.

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3. Give credit where it’s due

Make sure you give kudos for a job well done. Send a congratulatory email to a colleague who just earned a promotion. Give a high-five to a fellow salesman who crushed quota. You’ll find the investments you make in the “emotional bank account” come in handy when you really need them!

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4. Celebrate teamwork

Buying your team a round of drinks at happy hour might sound pricey, but it’s nothing compared to the cost of missing a deadline. If your co-workers collaborated successfully as a team, celebrate as a team! Organizing low-key, out-of-office get-togethers is a great way to both show appreciation for a job well done, and a chance to build relationships as friends away from the stress of the office. And if that’s too expensive or time-consuming, you can always bring in donuts.

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5. Don’t forget, you’re all on the same team

At the end of the day, everyone’s working toward the same goal: business success. Try not to forget that fact when meetings get tense, deadlines are looming, budgets are tight, and stress starts to show. And when you get right down to it, you’re not saving the world here. Unless…

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