Workplace Mediation

Restore working relationships with our mediation service

Conflict in the workplace is common and can occur at all levels.

Workplace mediation is a quick, cost-effective, and private method of resolving disputes, saving the stresses and costs of formal action, minimising absenteeism, and conforming to current best practice. It focuses on all parties getting what they want from their working relationships with others, and on moving forwards amicably with an agreement that everyone involved has contributed towards.

UK Mediation offers an unrivalled workplace mediation process, using some of the most accomplished and experienced mediators in the field, and with a simple process expertly co-ordinated by our dedicated case managers. 

We offer a one-day mediation process for disputes with two or three parties, as well as multiple day processes for team disputes. Information and prices for team mediation cases are available upon request.

How does it work?

Referring a case

A completed referral form, providing us with details of the dispute and of the parties, and a signed booking form all are that is needed to book in the case.

Prior to the mediation

The case manager will liaise with the referrer to organise the logistics, including timings, contact information, and online links (if required).

Prior to the mediation

The mediator will meet with each party individually to discuss the dispute to date. These private sessions will last for approximately 1½ hours each.

Joint meeting

Getting parties together for half a day in the same meeting allows for a comprehensive airing of views.

The agreement

The agreement is a joint plan of action decided upon by the participants. The mediator can write it up as a good faith agreement to give to both parties.

Feeding back

If there is a third-party referrer, UK Mediation will provide them with a Mediation Summary on the next working day (subject to parties’ consent).

Follow-up

The case manager will follow up the situation after an agreed period by contacting the parties confidentially to see if the agreement is working.

What our clients say

"I was really pleased with the quick and efficient service that we received from UK Mediation. With their knowledge and expertise, we were able to defuse a situation with an amicable outcome that left the parties happy."
Lauren Rowe Addison Lee
"UK Mediation were very easy to work with, they organised a session quickly, were clear about what they could achieve and were able to engage both parties in the mediation on the day which helped them work towards a suitable resolution."
Mel Stubbs Alzheimer's Society
"UK Mediation has provided mediation services as part of the Council’s approach to resolving workplace conflict. This has been very successful and I would recommend them to other organisations wanting to do the same."
Karen Childs Bassetlaw District Council
"We've been using the services of UK Mediation for about 8 years now and it's been really effective. It has had a positive impact on our employee relations and the success rate has been very, very high."
Samantha Birkett Liverpool John Moores University

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Have some questions about workplace mediation?

We understand that you may have some queries about how workplace mediation works. We’ve gathered together some of the most Frequently Asked Questions and have answered them below.

Does workplace mediation work?
Simply put, yes.

We have been doing this for 23 years now and have seen a sharp rise in the number of organisations investing in mediation services to resolve workplace disputes.

The vast majority of cases end with some sort of future-focused agreement being written up, and the feedback we receive from parties speaks for itself.
Is mediation confidential?
Yes, we ask parties to sign a Liability and Confidentiality Agreement on the day of the mediation, to make sure that whatever is said goes no further.

In addition, all notes related to the case are disposed of upon completion.
Is it voluntary?
Yes, people cannot be made to take part in mediation.

If parties are coerced or forced to take part on the day, we find that this often hinders the result of the mediation and makes it less likely to arrive at a successful conclusion.
How many people can take part?
Our one-day workplace mediation service (running from 9:30-4:30) can be used for two- or three-party disputes.

Having said that, mediation can still be used - and is very effective - for team or group disputes. In fact, we've delivered mediation for groups of 40+ before!

Please get in touch to find out more about how team mediation would work.
Can workplace mediation be done online?
Successful mediation cases can indeed be delivered online. Even now, we continue to deliver a small percentage of our workplace mediation cases online. Feedback has been excellent and we continue to see superb results for the parties.

However, if given the choice between the two (online or face-to-face), we would still recommend having the mediation face-to-face. We find that that the physical human element can be extremely valuable and getting people together in a room often yields the most benefits.
Does anything get fed back to the organisation?
At the very minimum, we will send the referrer a brief Mediation Summary post-case, stating whether the mediation went ahead and whether or not it was successful in building an agreement.

Providing parties consent, the specific agreement points can also be shared as part of the Summary.

Workplace mediation in action

Learn more about workplace mediation by watching our free webinar!

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