At some point, everyone is going to have conflict in the workplace.
And while office conflict can lead to delinquency, substance abuse, and gang involvement, conflict can also have positive results by increasing productivity and helping everyone understand each other better.
As a management consultant, I teach employees how to deal with office problems in healthy ways — and I show them movie clips of how kids on the streets deal with conflict through dance battles (e.g. Stomp the Yard, You Got Served).
Dance battles are actually highly-effective ways to engage your office opponent and seek resolution to a problem without resorting to drug-use and violence. Here is a list of popular dance movies you should know to help you express yourself the next time you have an argument at work:
1. Side Jerk
I think the “Side Jerk” is a great way to open a dance because it’s confrontational with arms bent up, while your legs move in and out marking your dance territory.
Give your opponent a taste of your aggression with this “knockout” dance move that gets you into a boxer’s stance. This shows you mean business. You could also use the “Punch Out” dance move if you prefer (as performed in Soulja Boy’s “Crank That” performance).
3. UFO Front
The “UFO Front” tells your opponent that you don’t agree with what they are telling you, and you feel like their thinking is from outer space. Move your hands above your head in “cop stop” pose while moving your arms from left to right.
4. Big Boss
If you’re a subordinate, use the “Big Boss” dance move to mock your superior. And if you are the boss, you can show power over your subordinate by looking down on them with this killer move.
5. Make Way
Tell your opponent to get out of your way as you climb the corporate ladder with this arm-waving move that pushes them away with a sweeping motion.
6. Head Way
Tell your colleague at work that you need some breathing room with this “head way” move that moves your arm above your head to show that you’re just trying to get through your day without all the drama.
7. No Worries
End your battle with a “No Worries” move that shows your opponent that everything is “all good” and you’re at peace for whatever decision is made. This dance move shows that you’re all about love and peace in the streets. There’s no need to shed any more blood.
You see, dance is always a great way to deal stress and a healthy way to end workplace conflict. The next time you have a conflict with a co-worker or boss, turn up your computer speakers on full-blast with “Where is the love?” by the Black Eyed Peas and get your groove on. Peace out.