Two of my employees were given a big task. They were responsible for splitting the work between them and coordinating the efforts and sub-tasks. The task seemed to be running smoothly for two weeks and none of them ever said anything is wrong. Not even in our private 1:1. Not even when asked specifically about the task and the work with the other person.
The other day, one of them contacted me saying that he can't work anymore with the other. They have conflicts, disagreements and he is experiencing a bad attitude from person B to him. While talking with person B, he said the same things about person A. That HE is experiencing a bad attitude from person A.
So, other than splitting them to work on different tasks, and letting each of them ventilate their feelings and emotions privately with me, what are the other things you would recommend to do and how to push them to work together, as part of a team, in the future?
Edit after reading some of the comments
- Yes, these 2 peers worked together on a previous project and worked nicely together.
- Yes, these 2 employees are able to take this big task, split it and coordinate the efforts.
- Every one of them says the other one's approach is not professional, while he is trying to give the other as much respect and space
- My main question here is not about how to get the project back to track, but how to help the employees overcome the conflict, and to be able to put them back on on the track of being able to work together.