Developing Conflict Resilient Workplaces

Topic: Developing Conflict Resilient Workplaces

Date: Thursday 23rd November, 2017

Presenter: Dr David Eaton – Specialist Occupational and Environmental Physician, Bendigo Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Time: 3.00 – 5.00pm

Venue: Capital Theatre, 50 View Street, Bendigo

Session information: Developing Conflict Resilient Workplaces Event Information


Developing Conflict Resilient Workplaces

A conflict resilient workplace emphasises positive relationships and strong communication so that conflict is managed early, at the lowest possible level, and with the most appropriate response.

Conflict resilient workplaces have some common properties:

  1. People like working in them and they, in turn, help to recruit great people
  2. They are more productive
  3. They get the best out of people
  4. There is less staff turnover and attrition
  5. They are resistant to the negative influences of high conflict personalities

Indeed, a healthy workplace is resistant to conflict just as a healthy garden is resistant to invasion by weeds and pests.  The properties that are present in conflict resilient workplaces also foster working environments that allow people to flourish and do their best.

In this presentation, David will speak from the experience of having been the Medical Advisor to a diversity of organisations, ranging from Virgin Australia to Victoria Police.  The principles that underlie conflict resilient workplaces are similar across organisations of all types and sizes.  David will share some of those basic principles using simple analogies, including some drawn from botany and horticulture:

  • Soil preparation refers to the environment
  • Plant selection and companion planting denotes the people
  • Pest control represents managing problems
  • Harvesting means the vision – what’s it all about?

Presenter profile

Dr David Eaton – Specialist Occupational and Environmental Physician, Bendigo Occupational and Environmental Medicine   

Dr David Eaton is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a Specialist Occupational and Environmental Physician.  David has more than twenty years’ experience in both clinical occupational and environmental medicine and occupational health management.

David is passionate about quality care and evidence-based medicine and has significant experience in undertaking occupational medical assessments in a diverse range of industry sectors.

In addition to his work in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, David is a trained conflict coach and works extensively with small and large organisations both to manage conflict and to build effective, conflict resilient cultures.