By Angela Nuñez
Great leaders aren’t just good at solving problems—they’re good at preventing them. Some drama is inevitable when a team of people is working together. Everyone has different ideas, opinions, and backgrounds, and not everyone will always agree. In the work environment, though, it’s important to strive for harmony in order to keep the office from turning toxic. Managers can help keep the peace by encouraging employees to leave the drama outside. It’s far too easy to let outside drama affect the work environment. People carry many burdens, but those must be left outside when they come to work (as long as they’re not work-related).
Some employees may not even be aware that they’re letting unrelated stress affect their behavior at work, so managers must gently point this out to them if they’re bringing in outside drama. If, however, drama is stemming from work-related issues, then they must be worked out in the workplace among those who are involved with guidance from a manager, if necessary. Leaders should encourage their teams to leave drama and personal issues at the door. If teams can do that, they’ll work together much better and be more productive.