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Addressing the Bully in the Room: High Conflict Personalities in Workplace Investigations

Workplace conflict is nothing new. But for employers, undertaking workplace investigations is a relatively new – and highly prevalent – practice. A large proportion of workplace conflicts include at least one person exhibiting traits of a high conflict personality. This raises the question of how an investigator can be equipped to run a fair and effective process, despite the challenges presented by high conflict personalities.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder and High Conflict Personalities: Working with Cultural Differences

Recently, we have been getting requests for knowledge about people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Some of them have difficult interpersonal behaviors, which can sometimes escalate into high conflict. Do our methods of managing high-conflict people (HCPs) help those with ASD? Or do they need something completely different? Or a combination of both. The answer seems to lie in understanding the different cultures of people with ASD and how to relate to people in their culture. The following article addresses several of these cultural differences, followed by adaptations that can be made to be more effective in working with those with ASD.

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