We’re often asked “What is workplace mediation?”.
Workplace Mediation is a completely voluntary and confidential way to resolve informal and formal conflict at work. It involves a professionally trained, independent, impartial person. The mediator helps two or more individuals or groups to reach a solution that’s acceptable to everyone. A workplace mediator doesn’t make judgments or determine outcomes. They ask questions that help to uncover underlying problems. They help the parties to understand each others issues. Therefore, the mediator helps them to clarify the options for resolving the parties differences.
So, part of the answer to the question “What is workplace mediation?” is that it’s a way of finding a way forward. It focuses on working together to move forward, instead of determining who was right or wrong. It doesn’t guarantee an answer, but it can guarantee is the chance to resolve conflict more constructively.
Mediation can be used in a variety of settings. For example:
- misunderstandings with conflict between colleagues
- conflict between staff and managers
- perceptions of harassment, discrimination or bullying
- communication difficulties
Mediation complements formal procedures for workplace issues. It’s based on the principle of problem solving with a focus on the future and rebuilding relationships. A successful mediation should lead to both parties feeling that the outcome is fair, reasonable and appropriate. Mediation can be included in the grievance procedures, as a step before instigating the formal grievance process. Mediation can be used after the grievance process. It can give the parties involved the chance to repair their employment relationship. They can also agree how future interactions will be handled.
Many kinds of dispute can be mediated if those involved want to find a way forward. It can be used at any stage in a dispute but is most effective before positions become entrenched.
Why workplace mediation?
- There can be potentially a fast resolution to a tense employee situation
- Generally, it is more cost effective dealing with an unproductive work environment rather than ignoring it.
- Relieves workplace stress and the conflict it creates
- It’s a positive step to getting those involved in the outcomes they want
- Relationships are restored in the workplace.
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