Conflicts with superiors, colleagues, staff members

When issues or problems with your superiors, colleagues or staff members arise, we have a range of services available to help you resolve these conflicts:

Contact persons in accordance with the official agreement on fair and respectful behaviour

  • Official agreement on fair and respectful behaviour in the workplace
  • Responsible authorities:
    • the immediate superior
    • Staff representative
    • Director of Human Resources
    • Head of department
    • Dean
    • Kanzler
    • Rector
    • Director of the departmental administration
    • Head of faculty administration
    • Equal Opportunity Representative (for academic staff)
    • Equal Opportunity Representative (for non-academic staff)
    • Representation for employees with disabilities

Director of Human Resources

Renate Pfeifer
Room: V 836
Office hours: by appointment
Phone: +49 7531 88 -2366

  • Human Resources provides advice on the following topics (for post-doctoral researchers employed by the University of Konstanz only):
    • Resolving conflicts
    • Transferring to another location, changing your workplace
    • Facilitating mediations within working groups
    • Facilitating personal coaching sessions
    • Re-integration programme after absence due to illness
    • Resolving work issues related to illness
  • Qualification:
    • Lawyer
    • Transaction analysis expert

Staff council

Room: G 402
Office hours: usually from 9:00 - 15:30 or by appointment
Phone: +49 7531 88 -3556, -3939, -5274

  • Responsibilities:
    • Ensures that all members of the unit are treated equally
    • Point of contact for problems that individuals may experience in relation to their unit, their superiors or whilst working alongside their colleagues
  • Legal framework:
    • Landespersonalvertretungsgesetz - LPVG (state staff representation act)

Caritasverband Konstanz e.V.

Jochen Trautner
Uhlandstrasse 15
78464 Konstanz, Germany
Phone: +49 7531 1200 -250

  • Services (see also: Caritas advisory services flyer):
    • At the University of Konstanz, we collaborate with the Caritasverband Konstanz charity to offer free psychological counselling. As your employer, the University of Konstanz will not be notified if and when you seek advice or which issues you raise
    • You are welcome to discuss your individual situation as well as possible ways forward in up to five sessions
  • Qualification:
    • Social worker