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Conflict and Emotions
Conflicts can make us feel angry or anxious. Take a minute to feel calmer before trying to solve a conflict.
- Consider having a neutral third party assist with the conversation. It can help to have someone who is not involved in the conflict keep the conversation calm.
- It is okay to ask for a minute to give yourself time to think and to come up with a response.
- If you need time to manage your stress and to calm down, ask for some time before you try to resolve the conflict.
- Make one point at a time and provide an example. Listen to the other person’s response before moving on.
- Body language is important when you have a conflict. Try to keep your body language open and relaxed. For example, keep your arms at your side rather than crossing them in front of you.
- Speak clearly in even tones.
- Be willing to compromise on things that are not critical.
- Practice being assertive – express your wants and needs clearly.
- Express negative feelings in a positive way. It is okay to be angry, but also it is important to be respectful. For example, remember to use the "I-statements" described in Lesson 5.2, Resolving Conflicts- Identifying the Problem.