January 31, 2014

The new year is a time for reflection.  Conflict can provide an opportunity for gaining perspective and developing new ways to approach issues.  The link below connects to an article which highlights healthy responses to conflict and provides skills that can turn conflicts into opportunities.  The article also describes the importance of self-awareness and stress management tools in the constructive confrontation of conflicts. http://www.helpguide.org/mental/eq8_conflict_resolution.htm   

At Berkeley, employees have several free resources available to them.  The Staff Ombuds Office provides support to increase understanding and develop strategies to address workplace concerns and conflicts. Any staff member can schedule a consultation appointment or attend one of our trainings.  Please read our website or call us to find out the full range of our services.  CARE Services is another valuable resource on campus; providing assistance with stress management and other concerns such as grief and loss, couples concerns, elder care, depression, and anxiety.  Please see CARE Services website for a description of their services: http://www.uhs.berkeley.edu/facstaff/care/index.shtml or read CARE Services’ online coping toolkit at http://uhs.berkeley.edu/facstaff/care/copingtools.shtml. If you are not sure which resource to use, please call us at 642-STAF and we’d be glad to discuss your concerns, schedule an appointment, or connect you to the right resource.