Poorly managed workplace conflict is bad for everybody. Problems can go unresolved for years (destroying efficiency) or blow up in morale crushing confrontations. Unresolved conflict leaves an unmistakable wake in any organization that is as unattractive to job candidates as it is to current employees. A 2015 Globe and Mail article \u201cThe Long-Term Costs of not Resolving Workplace Conflicts\u201d reports that workplace conflict cost the Canadian economy $16.1 billion in 2012 in employee absenteeism alone. But workplace conflict is inevitable, right? The short answer is a resounding yes. And it\u2019s not inherently bad. How we handle conflict is what makes the difference, and poorly handled conflict is costly at work. Depending on the situation, avoiding disagreements can be just as problematic as engaging them head-on. The trick is to learn how to handle conflict in the most appropriate way given the situation.