Workplace Mediation Articles
Recently, I did a consultation with two long-term employees who had periodic flare ups of conflict. Here are some of the suggestions I gave the owner.
With a clear divide between the ‘anti-vaxxers’ and the rest, what happens to day-to-day employee relations and attempts to return to normal office routines and face-to-face meetings?
When two people are tasked to complete a project together, they may not always agree on how to get it done.
(12/07/20)Ariel Kirzner, Bruce Ally
This article focuses on a specialized class of employment law and human rights issues where there an overlap exists between matters of creed or religion and the legal relationship. In heterogeneous societies, people will disagree, sometimes passionately and fundamentally, over socio-politics, economics, spirituality and other beliefs and conduct.
Most conflicts are dealt with successfully by the individuals involved without outside help.
This article evaluates the study looking at why intergroup contact occurs; while much research is devoted to the benefits of intergroup contact, the authors here decided to look into why some might avoid intergroup contact, and how we might encourage intergroup contact to then reap those benefits.
(11/06/20)Shirish Gupta, Chris Kwok
From health and safety concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, to systemic discrimination issues amidst the Black Lives Matter movement, to continued fallout from the #MeToo movement, employers are currently facing a unique environment that is both increasing the number of workplace disputes and changing how they handle the disputes.
A workplace that provides meaning and a sense of self-worth to its employees and equips them with skills to handle positively the challenges that exist when there are differences and disagreements, nurtures a leader fulfilling the mission and vision of the organization.
With the advent of COVID-19, workplace conflict and stress have become front of mind problems for many organizations.
(10/26/20)Sarah Daitch, Jordi Honey-Rosés
This article is a comparison of two facilitation approaches to group decision-making.
Probably every student and instructor has had difficult challenges this year accommodating to the routines needed because of the pandemic.
Since a very high percentage of employment claims are resolved through mediation, skilled advocates should work with their clients to carefully plan and make strategic moves throughout the early, middle and late phases of the mediation process to achieve successful results and durable settlement agreements.
A blanket “no settlement” policy may not be in the best interests of the company’s bottom line. There are three instances where companies should put aside their instinct to litigate and explore mediation.
A psychologically safe space must be offered and maintained if a participant is going to be invited to and chooses to explore any underlying drivers to their thoughts and behaviours which may have contributed to the formation or perpetuation of conflict with another.
Jeffery D. Polsky, a partner at a San Francisco law firm experienced in labor and employment matters, describes the pros and cons of mandatory workplace arbitration so as to enable employers to make informed decisions regarding the course of action they can take to tackle any labor or employment issues.
Practicing effective communication is one of the most impactful ways to prevent conflict in the workplace.
According to brand new 8/16/2020 data from Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked mediation website, by far!
(7/31/20)Roger Moss, Carole Conn
Conflict Intervention Service: Transforming Lives, Transforming Affordable Housing, Transforming Community in Times of COVID-19
(7/25/20)Barney Jordaan, Deborah Masucci
Mediation is rarely taught as a core subject in business schools, law schools and other professional curricula, despite the fact that an increasing number of jurisdictions now provide for some form of court sponsored mediation.
Perplexed by the slow uptake of mediation in many places, is it time to wonder whether the mediation field has taken sufficient account of the centrality of culture?
Mediate.com announced today that Colin Rule has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Jim Melamed, the company’s co-founder and CEO for 25 years, is now chair of the board and general counsel.
Apologies are an important part of conflict resolution--and they are not always easy!
Facilitation can be transformative. It permits employers and employees to engage in authentic dialogue and reach collective decisions aligned with their core values.
Mediation is a young, exciting, and expanding field of practice.
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