About Workplace Mediation
Workplace Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
whereby the parties are assisted by a trained and skilled third party.
The Workplace mediator facilitates confidential communication,
negotiation between the parties to reach a voluntary and mutually
Throughout the century there has been a great amount of controversy and laws passed that protect the rights of both the employee and the employer. Conflict in the workplace occurs daily, and there really is no perfect way to assure that it does not happen, because people are people. Conflicts can arise in the workplace between coworkers, bosses, and employees. However, instead of dragging the disputing parties through the court system there is a sensible option available. It is cost-effective and has tremendous statistics in success rates. Workplace mediation is definitely a viable alternative to spending thousands of dollars on court and attorneys as well as months to years to settle a workplace or employment disagreement.
There are many scenarios that can instigate a workplace dispute that could very well benefit and be resolved by workplace mediation. There can many techniques and approaches that can prove highly-effective at sparing the unnecessary efforts to sue through court. Workplace Mediation provides positive reinforcements. The many types of situations that can be handled with workplace mediation:
• Employer/employee conflict - In some aspects an employer can sue an employee for violations of code of conduct, personal reasons, practices, and work habits. In addition, employers may avoid a wrongful termination suit and keep the employee as a resolve can be found to make the employer at ease, and allow the employee to sustain their employment.
• Management and workers - Many workplace disputes can occur between management and employee or vise versa. When this is the circumstance workplace mediation can allow the two parties to address their issues in front of a neutral party. This promotes understanding and collaborative efforts between the employee and manager. It can spare a good working relationship and expose the underlying issues of the dispute that may prevent it from happening in the future.
• Coworker disputes - It is very difficult to get along with everyone you work with, especially when there are several people working in a tight vicinity of one another. Harassment, competitiveness, and personal conflicts can fester and make it merely impossible to work and feel at peace. Having the circumstances evaluated and being capable of discussing the elements of the disagreement can encourage the coworkers to get along and provide an improvement in attitude for both people. This can make it much easier for them to get along in a closed setting.
• Employee/employer conflict - Many times an employer can overstep their boundaries of power. An employee may be on the edge of becoming fired for a reason that is very trivial. Also an employee can be feeling that one of their workplace rights have been violated by the employer. This could be harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, unfair wages, unsafe working environment, and much more. Utilizing workplace mediation can definitely help the employee to activate his/her legal rights.
Workplace Mediation can be a very positive action taken to preserve the morale of employees, management, employers, and coworkers. It is proven that the companies and employers that provide workplace mediation through their employment have an overall better recourse in happier employees, long-term employment, and are more capable of success through team cooperation. It is indeed a significant change from handling everything in a nasty court setting or opposed to spending expense and time wrapped up in the court system.
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