Resolving Conflict at Work

Ted has never been the type to bring his personal problems to work but sometimes he can’t help it. A year ago, his wife was in a car accident and became unable to care for their two young children. Ted is not a complainer. He simply accepted his new responsibilities and got on with his life.

But sometimes it isn’t easy. Getting two small children up and off to daycare first thing in the morning can be a challenge, and often Ted doesn’t make it into work until 9 a.m., despite the fact that his office opens at 8.

Lately Ted’s boss has been bothered by the fact that he shows up an hour late for work every day. How she handles the situation will have an impact that goes far beyond her relationship with Ted. It will affect the entire office – for better or for worse.

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Deborah Melman-Clement
Deborah Melman-Clement is a writer based in Kingston, Ontario.
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