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Mediation Services

Mediation is the process of resolving disputes within a company with the assistance of an unbiased third party. There is a thin line between the terms ‘arbitration’ and ‘mediation’. In mediation the process is less formal and the mediator may not necessarily be a lawyer as compared to arbitration.

Mediators do not decide on the dispute. They simply meet privately with each party and assess the different arguments, reasoning or proposal presented. It is important to note that mediators look for ways to reach a compromise between the two parties. Arbitrators in contrast, can either make decisions to favor one party after a hearing or resort to bringing out a compromise agreement from both parties.

Mediation may either be voluntary or mandatory, depending on the policies laid down by the company. Even if it is voluntary, management has the option to take the initiative away from the mediator if they see the condition as worsening between employees. However, not all issues are suitable for mediation. Serious cases like the violation of substantive rights necessitate the jurisdiction of the courts and are excluded from the circumstances where mediation may be applied. All other personal disputes, issues involving corporate hierarchy, and job conflicts can be settled through this kind of resolution.

Formulating your own mediation policies and processes may be useful in the long run. Articles in the Internet will help you learning the different types of mediation that can be implemented and other frequently asked questions on the topic. You can stop resorting to litigation to resolve manageable corporate issues and avail of the services offered by professional groups, which have been successful in several mediation cases.