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Pick your battles

- Meridith Freese is the marketing manager for the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the West Des Moines New View Young Professionals coordinator.

Everyone is faced with challenges at work. They can range from a disagreement with co-workers or having to deal with people who disagree with you on any given subject. It does not always matter who the battle is with. It’s more important which battles you choose to take on and how you fight them that matters. Work-argument-openanswer

The first thing you should ask yourself is how important is this issue? Sometimes we have the tendency to fly off the handle and get upset after an altercation. The best thing is to take a day or two to process the situation and then decide how you want to proceed.

If you have decided the situation is important enough, and you don’t want to leave it alone, the next step is deciding if you have the authority to bring the issue forward. If not, you need to find someone you can discuss the issue with and if they will help you bring it to light.

Another important thing to remember in the midst of a difficult situation is to avoid getting overly consumed with the negatives and instead to work toward a solution.

That brings me back to when I was growing up and getting advice from my parents. In a house of five children we often heard “Don’t tattle. I don’t want to hear a problem I want to hear a solution.”

This was an important life lesson. My parents were teaching us to work through situations where we could find logical answers to problems on our own. That is often times what your boss is challenging you to do. Bringing up a problem is not so difficult if it is followed up by a workable solution.

We will always face conflicts in our professional life. It’s how you deal with them that will set you apart.  171A6085

-Meridith Freese

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