Workplace Mediation Articles
Imagine two parties locked in a bitter and acrimonious dispute that has gone through six years of hotly contested litigation. At issue are the ownership and control of at least a dozen commercial and residential properties valued in the tens of millions of dollars.
The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.
When friction enters a working relationship, sometimes the best path through isn’t to talk it out. Sometimes the best path through is an indirect one — ask for a favor. Here’s how the Ben Franklin Effect works.
I recently had a chance to talk with Lainey Feingold, the author of a great new book on negotiation, which she describes below.
Think about the last time that someone asked us how things were going? We probably responded with, “pretty good, you know…keeping pretty busy!”
“That’s not my problem” are four of the most frustrating words to hear when you’re trying to talk through a conflict.
When disagreements at work are unresolved, one of the unfortunate outcomes can be long lasting workplace feuds.
Everybody seems to be angry lately, and a lot of people are writing about it.
(8/19/16)F. Peter Phillips
The ABA Business Law Section has about 50 substantive committees, many of which include subcommittees addressing dispute resolution in their field. In the past several months, many members of these various entities undertook a collaborative effort to “cut across the solos.”
An article, from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation entitled “Salary Negotiations”, focuses on negotiating the best salary possible, some of its points are equally applicable to negotiations in general.
The other day I heard a story about a mom that had decided to go back to school to get her Masters Degree to further her career.
I received an interesting update from Civility Partners last week on bullying, citing research showing that “education, government and healthcare are three industries where bullying seems to really thrive.”
Please join Mediate.com in recognizing the importance of effective conversations and mediation by supporting a National Mediation Act. This is the shift in social consciousness, American exceptionalism and American leadership that we and the world now most need.
With expanded participation of women in the workforce, there is a need to adapt the workplace to pregnant and breast-feeding workers.
Sometimes as part of an investigation, you have to determine whether a policy is inherently flawed or whether a manager is applying it incorrectly – intentionally or not.
Coming into a role where you are expected to get others to work together efficiently and effectively to create the best possible product or service isn’t an easy task.
A good Integrated Conflict Management System covers a spectrum of dispute resolution practices from formal, to informal, and developmental.
(6/27/16)Dr. Lynne C. Halem
Business partnerships are similar to marriages. Consider the problems encountered by these two very different partnerships.
“Hey Mick, what are you doing hammering on that boulder?” To which Michelangelo responded, “There’s an angel inside and I’m trying to let it out!”
The C-suite, the Board, senior management – call it what you will, those at the top of an organisation are as prone to conflict as the rest of us. But even more than the staff base, senior management are reluctant to use mediation.
It seems lately everyone is trying to classify disputes. Well, never let it be said that I wasn't one for jumping on the bandwagon.
Workplace bullying is a growing international problem. It is more than a one-time incident. It is a pattern of behavior between a bully and another worker which can demoralize, isolate and trigger illness in the target of the bully.
One of the most common illusions that new coaching clients have is that by working with me they can somehow find tricks or techniques to convince the other person to think and behave differently.
Disabled people are significantly more likely to experience unfair treatment at work than non-disabled people.
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When employment relationships take a turn, there can often feel like there is no way back. However, mediation can be a powerful tool in rehabilitating working relationships.