In the world of business, regardless of industry or location on the globe, it's important to have a good sense of one's behavior and be able to read that of others. This not only applies to etiquette in the boardroom or if someone is out on a client visit, but also the daily interactions between colleagues as well. In a normal workplace, it's unlikely that every person is going to be good friends with each other, but it's vital to recognize that healthy business relationships aren't supposed to be for the individual, they're for the company as a whole.

What happens when two personalities clash? Tension, conflict, disruption to the workload – none of which are productive aspects of a traditional work day. This isn't to say that people who disagree with each other's styles shouldn't work together, but they should change their own behaviors and approach the common situation differently.

Thought process to implementation
Working with many personalities can be difficult and no two are going to be alike. However, if there is a conflict that keeps getting rehashed by the same employees, it's time to make a change. A popular quotation from an anonymous source and often incorrectly attributed to Albert Einstein claims that "Insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result."

This can be applied to behavior in the business world quite easily. If you approach a situation with a specific person the same way every single time, the results are likely going to be the same. Expecting another person, whom you have no control over, to change their own behavior is unrealistic.

Focus on your own behavior - don't worry about everyone else.Focus on your own behavior – don't worry about everyone else.

As Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President for Leadership at Lear Corporation Tom DiDonato and Noelle Gill noted in their article for the Harvard Business Review, "real change is hard for anyone" and it's important for employees to stay accountable for their own personal actions, rather than having expectations about those of other people.

Change for all levels of management
Though co-workers are more likely to interact with each other more closely on a day-to-day basis, supervisors need to be careful of their own behavior toward the people they manage. As a person in a position of power, it can be easy to fall into a pattern where you depend upon a person or a group of people whom you like and give them special treatment because good work deserves praise. This, as Talent Culture pointed out, is called the Halo Effect and it's not only unfair to others in the office, but it has the potential to misattribute praise and goodwill that has not been earned.

This is often done subconsciously and it can be tough to identify, but it's important that it is handled properly. By changing your behavior, you will be able to act in your role with more success, because playing favorites can make a person blind, in a sense – it becomes harder to see negative traits in favorites and positive traits in less-favored people. 

A behavioral adjustment might be the key to a cohesive work environment.A behavioral adjustment might be the key to a cohesive work environment.

This is, of course, just a small example of how changing your own personal behavior in the workplace can make a world of difference for the situations that happen around you. Whether you're an employee working at the entry level or a manager of a large group of people, it's important to take responsibility for your own actions and change them to suit the situation.

Should you find this to be an area of desired improvement, consider participating in a training seminar that focuses on behavior modification for the workplace. This allows everyone to work at their best capacity without sacrificing their personalities.