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7 Dos & Don'ts Of Winning An Argument At Your Workplace

Arguments often come up at the workplace. However, the best way to win them is to handle the situation maturely. 
  • Krati Purwar
  • Editorial
Published -31 Aug 2022, 18:23 ISTUpdated -01 Sep 2022, 11:28 IST
dos and donts to win argument at work

Often at the workplace, we run into an argument with a co-worker. Having a difference of opinion with your colleagues is normal. We all have sailed this boat and often made a compromise. However, if you feel you are in the right, you must stand your ground.

The tactic to winning an argument at the workplace is not raising your voice or throwing tantrums, but communicating your thoughts tactfully and with skill. Below we have listed dos and don’ts for winning an argument at the workplace without ruffling too many feathers.

Present Facts

present facts

You can put your best foot forward only by presenting facts that are in your favour. When you back your idea with actual numbers, surveys, and statistics, it can influence people to reason with logic even if they disagreed with you initially. 

Don’t Be Arrogant

One of the boundaries that you must not cross while arguing with a co-worker is coming across as an arrogant person. It will throw away your point even if you are right. 

Conflicts happen all the time in the office, but if you are coming off as rude can put a dent in your image. Always respect the position of your opponent and present your idea in a respectful tone.

Listen And Ask

listen and ask

During an argument with a co-worker, it is crucial to listen to what they have to say. Most people often interrupt the person speaking so that they can counter. The best strategy would be to listen first and then speak.

Also, when it is your turn to speak, you can ask questions to gain clarity. It can also include testing both ideas in hypothetical scenarios.

Don’t Get Emotional

While arguing about an idea with practical applications, you must refrain from getting emotional. The purpose of brainstorming is to provide the best to your customers.

However, if you feel overwhelmed, step back and take a break. It will help you contemplate and devise a better plan to argue in favour of your idea.

Concede A Good Point

concede a good point

Remember that there is a possibility that you may not always be right. Therefore, when you argue with someone, you must agree with their valid points (resolve conflicts amicably). It will make your argument seem more reasonable. It is better than turning your argument into a feud of words.

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Don’t Be Passive-Aggressive 

Once you have made your point, walk away and calm down. Take deep breaths if needed. If you end up confronting the co-worker in a passive-aggressive way, you will come out as a resentful person. Go for a solution-oriented approach and accept the decision with grace at the end.

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win win situation

The purpose of the argument is to present the best output at the end of the day. Therefore, you must be open to a brainstorming session where your ideas can be amalgamated with your opponent’s. It would be a win-win for both.

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