People in today’s world view ‘incompatibility’ as the reason behind dysfunctional relationships. They see it as a constant factor which cannot be changed due to the characters of the parties involved and thus negate attempts to resolve differences and the issues at hand. In a modern corporate setting, this incompatibility, either between an employee and the values of a company, or between co-workers themselves, is often regarded as one of the main causes of workplace conflicts, lack of productivity and overall sub-par performance.

But… is incompatibility really the end of the world?

One thing is for sure: it is easy to pin the blame on something that you seem to have no control over. Incompatibility is the very definition of such a thing. While it is certainly unavoidable that some of your employees may have difficulty collaborating with each other due to their varying personalities, this is by no means a reason not to try and look for a solution. Incompatibility is problem that may not be easy to deal with, but one that is definitely worth solving in the long run. After all, long-term employees are an invaluable asset.

If there was anything we could ask of you, it would be to be ready to invest some extra time and effort into improving the way your workers collaborate with one another. Having a strategy in mind is also mandatory, if you wish to be successful in your efforts. Thankfully, we’ve got an idea that you are bound to find extremely useful. We’re talking about the SDI. The SDI is a powerful tool that gives you a better understanding of how and why every worker thinks the way they do, and more specifically, what drives them when placed in different situations. The most crucial advantage of using the SDI is that it reveals essential details about one’s behavior, not only in a normal day-to-day setting, but also in conflict.

How the SDI can help you deal with incompatibility between workers

If you have, for instance, two workers that do not work well together and are always at each other’s throats, administering the SDI for each of them is going to be of great help. Understanding the motives behind their actions is the first step towards figuring out exactly what the cause of their incompatibility is. If their values do not match, neither will the things that motivate them. They will likely place emphasis on opposite values; this being very clear when you go through their personalised reports.

Once you have become aware of what exactly is affeting both parties, you can start working actively with them, teaching them how to take advantage of their different ways of thinking. The whole department and even the company as a whole can benefit from healthy conflict between employees, so you may just as well encourage and embrace it.

On a final note

Incompatibility is no longer an issue when you have the right tools to help you discover the root cause. The insight provided by SDI and it’s family of assessments will most definitely help you understand your workers better; what needs to be done to foster effective teamwork as a whole.