Social Studies

Conflict management and ways to reduce conflict in organizations

len Alfred Ajibola - 07th February, 2019 @ 3:53 PM

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Academic Questions in Social Studies

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Twitter is a part of our social environment.

  • A. True

  • B. False

The following are objectives of social studies except _____.

  • A. It teaches morals and values

  • B. It enables us to better understand our environment

  • C. It creates national consciousness

  • D. It assists in producing upright citizens

  • E. It promotes the military form of government

  • F. It fosters judicious use of resources

Which of the following is not a natural cause of environmental problem?

  • A. Tsunami

  • B. Deforestation

  • C. Earthquake

  • D. Drought

  • E. Hurricane

  • F. Tornado

Conflict can simply be defined as a clash of interest.

  • A. True

  • B. False

_____ refers to a personal reflection of one's overall self worth.

  • A. Integrity

  • B. Reputation

  • C. Personality

  • D. Self-esteem

  • E. Psychoanalysis

  • F. Attributes

A type of marriage whereby a christian man marries a muslim woman is termed _____ marriage.

  • A. Faith

  • B. Religious

  • C. Denominational

  • D. Interfaith

  • E. Intrafaith

  • F. Church-Mosque

_____marriage is said to exist between couples who have lived together for a very long time with no prior form of marriage.

  • A. Open

  • B. Convinience

  • C. Trial

  • D. Left Handed

  • E. Companionate

  • F. Common Law

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The above image is considered a part of harmful traditional practices. The following are similar examples of such practices except _____.

  • A. Sharo

  • B. Wuuse

  • C. Female Genital Mutilation

  • D. Widowhood

  • E. Breast Ironing

  • F. Child Marriage

What is conflict?

We see and hear about conflicts in the world we live in. Conflict arises from various differences and disagreement between nations, families, schools and various places of work.

The differences that results into conflicts are attributed to the fact that people have different lifestyles, beliefs, personality and mentality.

Conflict can be defined as a disagreement between two or more persons characterized by exchange of words and hostilities.

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Ways to reduce conflict in organizations

In various organizations, conflicts can be reduced to the barest minimum if the following proactive steps are adhered to:


  • Communication

Communication is a vital skill required in any organization or business. To this end, most hiring manager will demand for communication skills during the recruitment process.

Trainings and seminars on sharpening communication skills should be periodically conducted by every organization.

With regards to effective communication within an organization, it is important to note the fact that all employees must completely understand their job role, and consequently given the resources to effectively carry them out.

Communication between employees should be clear and concise.


  • Set conflict guidelines

The guidelines to resolve conflict should be always made present in organizations. One way to go about this is to set in place a formal complaint process. This process may involve writing a formal letter to the human resource manager.

In the above scenerio, it is the responsibility human resource manager to take up the case on both parties (to be involved in a potential conflict). Applying some initiative and experience, the human resource manager resolves the conflict amicably before it escalates.

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  • Encourage collaboration and teamwork

Teamwork should be one of the important goals of any organization. Not only does it increases productivity, It also promote a sense of work relationship among workers.

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Creating an environment where collaboration exist will further enable workers to better understand themselves, thus directly reducing conflict in organizations.

Always understand that collaboration and teamwork ensures understanding between the management and staff in an organization.


  • Proper recruitment process

This process is very crucial in every organization. With regards to office and moral etiquette, hiring the wrong persons will often result to conflict within the organization.

In an unfortunate event where the proper recruitment process isn't followed, the person(s) recruited becomes the issue. These kind of people are often directly or indirectly involved with organizational conflict.

Some of the recruited persons (from a poor recruitment exercise) could be friends or even family members of the company’s chairman. These sort of staff may be of the opinion that 'after-all, I can't be sacked'; and this mentality isn't good for business.


  • Promote social events

Organizing social events can reduce conflict in organizations. Once in a while, organizations may organize get together events, get together meetings, sporting events and official holiday trips.

The above forms of social gathering fosters cooperation and a better sense of understanding among staff and (between the managers and staff).

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  • Apply fair treatment

No one is happy when treated unfairly. Managers should be very professional in the way they go about their business. They should be neutral when dealing with the members of staff. They should always put first the affairs of the organization before their personal motive.

Note: Wrong criticism on staff may affect an organization's collaboration and teamwork. Importantly, always remember that everyone have got their fundamental human rights.

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  • Listening and understanding

People do things for different reasons. To prevent or resolve conflict, one of the lines of action is to allow for explanation from the person whom we think has done wrong. Through this act, we will be able to speak more wisely only when the subject matter is clearly understood.

In any organization, one should not be too quick to interfere into matters on which they have got little knowledge or understanding, as this could give rise to futher misunderstanding, and ultimately conflict.


  • Private opinion and feedbacks from staff

In some cases, organizations may create platforms where staff can give answers to questions. Also, staff can write on the various issues arising within and outside the organization. Meanwhile, staff may be recommended to anonymously write and submit their opinions in an opinion box within the organization.

Understanding the various events amongst staff will aid the management to better manage conflict within their organization.


  • Gender equality

No one should be stereotyped in any organization. The male and female staff should be treated appropriately.

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A staff, whether male or female should not be labeled by the management in such a way that all fingers will be pointed at him or her whenever something happens.

It is noteworthy to state that everyone should be held responsible for their actions. More importantly, measures should be put in place to further prevent such negative action from repeating itself.

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Amazing facts in Social Studies

Yahoo is an acronym for: 'Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle'

Ashrita Furman holds the world record for the holder of the most world records. He had set over 600 records and currently holds more than 200 world records

As at 2023, France remains the most visited country (with about 90 million visitors), followed by Spain (83.7 million). Next is the United States of America (79.3 million)

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Some car license plates in the Northwest Territories of Canada are shaped like a polar bear

The Library of Congress located in Washington D.C, America is the world's largest library. It contains over 162 million items in more than 450 languages.

The British Library (with over 150 million items) comes second, followed by the Library and Archives Canada with 54 million items (third), the New York Public Library with 53.1 million items (fourth), and the Russian State Library with 44.4 million items (fifth)

Located in Fez, Morocco, the University of Karueein (or University of Al Quaraouiyine) was founded way back in 859 A.D; and it's the world's oldest university (world's oldest higher learning institution) in the Guinness World Record.

In 1963, it was incorporated into Morocco's modern state university system, with approximately 8,000 students enrolling each academic year

We have got people who have fears on their fears. They are said to exhibit phobophobia which is the fear of phobias

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High heel shoes were first designed for men

According to Ecology Global Network, four babies are born every seconds, 250 every minutes, 15,000 every hour, 360,000 everyday and 131.4 million babies every year

People under age 30 account for over 52% of the world's population

Notable points in Social Studies

Social Studies is defined as an integrated study on the interaction of human beings with their physical and social environments.

We can think of our environment as everything that surrounds us at any point in time. For instance, the soil, air, your clothes, phone and everything surrounding you right now are all part of your environment. (That is, they make up your environment).

Physical environment describes every visible thing around us. It could be water, air, soil, clothes, phones or all other things found around us.

Social environment on the other hand describes the various social roles or positions that influence an individual or a group. It is represented in our culture, norms, values, the people and various institutions with whom we interact with. Meanwhile, understand that social media applications like facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube and the likes present a social environment where people can interact with one another regardless their geographical location around the world.

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The causes of environmental problems can be either natural or man-made.

Natural causes of environmental problems will include the followings:

  • Erosion

  • Earthquakes

  • Drought

  • Tsunami

  • Tornadoes

  • Hurricanes

Some of the man-made causes of environmental problems are:

  • Pollution

  • Ozone layer depletion

  • Deforestation

  • Uncontrolled urbanization

  • Increased turnout of waste

  • Flooding

Environmental problems can be defined as problems associated with the lithosphere (land), atmosphere (air) and hydrosphere (water) as a result of man's action on earth.

Below are some of the constituents that make up our environment. These constituents may in turn act as factors that bring about environmental problems. They include:

  • Air or Atmosphere

  • Soil

  • Water

  • Bacteria

  • The people around us

  • The animals around us

  • The things around us. For instance, books, food, shoes, phones and so on.

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The following proactive processes can help reduce conflict in various organizations:

  1. Communication

  2. Set conflict guidelines

  3. Encourage collaboration and teamwork

  4. Proper recruitment process

  5. Promote social events

  6. Applying fair treatment

  7. Listening and understanding skills

  8. Private opinion and feedback from staff

  9. Gender equality

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