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How can mediation help settle disputes in the workplace?

On Behalf of | Sep 10, 2021 | Employment Law - Employers |

If you own a business in California, you want your employees to be happy. However, problems can arise and there may be disputes in the workplace as a result. Workplace mediation is a great way to settle these issues. There are certain benefits everyone can get from mediation as well.

When should you use mediation?

Workplace mediation is an effective tool in an employer’s arsenal for settling any type of conflict that effects employees. The best time to rely on it is immediately after a dispute arises. If you wait, things can escalate between the employees and their relationship might deteriorate to the point where mediation might not even help.

It’s important to know that workplace mediation may not always be appropriate. If there is a situation of workplace harassment or bullying, it’s probably not an effective means for settling things. Instead, you would have to take more drastic actions to discipline the abuser.

What are the benefits of mediation in the workplace?

You may want to avoid being too formal with your workplace mediation tactics. Using an informal method is much better and can be more effective for the parties involved in the dispute. Mediation offers the following benefits:

  • It gives the parties in the dispute the opportunity to openly and honestly share their side of things.
  • It allows supervisors or managers the chance to respond more quickly to the problem.
  • It’s confidential and only involves the parties in dispute and a mediator.
  • It allows the dispute to be handled early on to prevent it from escalating.
  • It gets to the heart of the matter to solve the problem and improve relationships.

Mediation can solve workplace disputes when done early and in an informal manner. Ultimately, it can improve relationships in the workplace as well.