Transit Workplace Behavior Series: Conflict Avoidance – Maintaining Control

The transit environment can be an ideal breeding ground for the forces that create, intensify and perpetuate conflict. Even the most serene moment can suddenly be impacted by a variety of stressors – from the unexpected event on the road to the frustrations of unpredictable human moodiness – both inside the company and on the street.

This course can be applied to the Transit Hub Management Online Certification Series.


Randall Pine

Randall Pine

Randall Pine began his career as a deputy sheriff while working on his undergraduate degrees in anthropology and sociology. Later, he attained an MBA with a focus on organization and administration, and then began working with transit systems and publishing ... read more

Who Should Attend

Public transit and/or transportation professionals.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will begin by learning to recognize the unique relationship between transit operators and passengers and will define how the practice of basic customer service skills can minimize the chance that conflict will lead to violence. Next, participants will learn to observe environmental influences such as organizational climate, us versus them situations, lifetime or “lifetime on the job” changes, neediness, demands and situational stressors that can work against the application of those skills.
  • Stress is a necessary ingredient for life. However, chronic high levels of stress can and likely will affect the ability to perform at a level necessary to function properly. Participants will learn to identify both obvious and hidden stressors and recognize when both short-term and long-term intervention strategies can be beneficial.
  • When stress triggers are felt or thrown, retaliation, as an emotional reaction, can be common. Participants will develop an awareness of how and when these triggers are used and how to deflect them.
  • Participants will complete a video-workbook training course designed to enhance the conflict avoidance skills of transit operators and discuss, recommend and support modifications to the program to improve its relevance and effectiveness.

Course Outline/Topics

Unit 1/Week 1 –

Factors that can contribute to conflict

Unit 2/Week 2 –

The relationship between level of stress and performance

Unit 3/Week 3 –

Recognizing when the potential for immediate conflict is high

Unit 4/Week 4 –

Case study analysis of a conflict avoidance training program

Dates and locations to be announced.