The Conflict gets Personal
Negotiation and Conflict Management
In this module you saw the impact and issues related to emotions, biases, and perceptions surrounding a negotiation. In your first course project assignment, you devised a plan for Michelle so that she could be prepared for her negotiation with her boss. Clearly, Michelle is upset over having to switch shifts and consequently locate new or additional daycare. At this point in the conflict, Nikki is aware of Michelle being displeased with the shift change and knows that she wants to meet, but is unaware of reasons behind it. Michelle devised the new schedule based solely on seniority and nothing else. She thought that this was the fairest way possible given that the policy change affected everyone’s schedule. She does not want the situation with Michelle to snowball into a bigger issue with overall dissatisfaction with the employees. Nikki feels that there is a section of employees who should not receive the preferential shifts because they are continuous problems in the workplace (this is a true and documented statement) regardless of the fact that they have worked at the call center longer.
For this section of the project, you will be identifying possible emotions, biases, and perceptions for this dilemma. In a 2-3 page paper, address the following:
Frame the issues from Michelle and Nikki’s perspectives (use an interest, rights, or power approach to framing the issues).
Biases hamper the negotiation process when parties come to the table with prejudgments about the other party. Put yourself into the shoes of both parties. Evaluate the biases that each party might have formed about the other party. Think about some of your workplace conflicts, what are some of the typical biases that arise when there is a dispute between a supervisor and a subordinate? Relate these biases to Michelle and Nikki’s situation.
Nikki knows that emotions are running high in the conflict with Michelle. From your readings this week and outside research, create a list of seven strategies that Nikki can use during her negotiation with Michelle for dealing with an opponent whose negative emotions are running high and explain how each tactic can be utilized in this situation. Ignoring the emotions is not an option.