New Research: Time Spent on Workplace Conflict Has Doubled Since 2008

New Research: Time Spent on Workplace Conflict Has Doubled Since 2008

The Myers-Briggs Company Releases New Global Study on Conflict Management at Work

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 18, 2022 — Following up on its often-referenced 2008 workplace conflict report, The Myers-Briggs Company has launched updated research titled Conflict at Work.

“Currently, managers spend over 4 hours a week dealing with conflict on average,” says John Hackston, Head of Thought Leadership at The Myers-Briggs Company and who carried out the study. “This research sheds light on how people in the workplace see conflict and shows how individuals can use knowledge of their own conflict-handling style and personality type to navigate conflict more effectively.”

The Conflict at Work research includes insights such as:

And compared to the company’s 2008 study, workplace conflict is becoming more common. Over a third (36%) of people now reported dealing with conflict often, very often, or all the time, compared to 29% previously.

The research also looks at differences in conflict among in-office, remote, and hybrid workers. In-office employees mentioned poor communication as causing conflict more often (56% of the time) compared to hybrid employees (47%) and remote employees (36%). However, those working hybrid schedules cite lack of transparency as the main cause of conflict (32%) compared to remote employees (17%) and in-office employees (18%).

Download the new Conflict at Work research.

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MSR Communications

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The Myers-Briggs Company