In a professional environment employees are tasked with managing social, professional relationships as well as performing their official role. Often times this can be overwhelming for the employee and be the conductor for non-work and business related conflict to arise. Mediator training in the workplace can offer an outlet for individuals and professional teams to diffuse workplace conflict and/ or put in place preventative measures.
Employees and Professional teams are tasked to complete a certain role and concisely solve problems. This enables the managing company to effectively make use of their employee’s time and profitability. In any scenario where employees are needed to work collaboratively, conflict will inevitably arise.
The conflict that will arise in the workplace can be cause by a variety of reasons. Commonly employees who feel that their voice is not heard, regardless of validity are the main instigators of such confliction. When an employee feels that their voice is being repressed they tend to separate themselves from the problem solving circle and in the process create a new sub group of employees that are embracing conflict instead of problem solving. This leads to decreased productivity by the individual or group and potential losses for the managing company.
Embracing Mediation in the workplace allows these conflicts to be effectively resolved and efficiency, collaboration and production to be restored. When mediation is present in the workplace a third party individual or group of individuals are able to create methods for the employees and teams to communicate without the threat of being identified as an outcast by the majority of the group.
An example of this type of mediation would be as follows:
A professional team is tasked with finding a solution to a known problem. While there is a consensus among the group verbally that one solution will work; the mediator has everyone anonymously write the pros and cons of the proposed solution on a piece of paper and submit it into a box.
The mediator then lists the pros and cons, the group learns that there are more negative aspects of this proposed solution and in turn have developed a more effective plan to solve the problem. The mediator has effectively given everyone in the group the opportunity to communicate their ideas while avoiding isolation of any specific employee. This results in an effective work environment that has developed a solution to their problem while avoiding conflict.
The importance of a mediator in the workplace allows employees to confidently and effectively complete tasks while avoiding a mob like group mentality. The mediator is a tool that all employers should utilize so that to keep workplace conflict and ineffectiveness to a minimum.
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