What to Know Before You Mediate

mediation process Oct 16, 2018

Mediation is a great way to resolve conflicts, and it can work well in a wide variety of settings. Here’s just a small list:

  • Workplace issues amongst coworkers

  • Performance management issues

  • Conflict between co-owners of a business

  • Civil matters like property ownership or damage disputes

  • Business-to-business conflicts about work quality

  • Family decision-making, such as help to make decisions essential to writing a will or financial planning

While mediators generally do not want to know much about the dispute in a specific case until they know all parties have agreed to mediation, it can be helpful for parties to understand some basics about mediation.

Impartiality

  • The mediator is an impartial third party. The mediator should have no interest in how the conflict will be resolved. If you feel like a mediator may be biased, speak up and ask them about it.

  • This is also why a mediator may ask you to stop telling them about your case early on - in initial phone...

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