Employment Mediation Can Lead to Happier Employees
It’s quite common in the business world for disputes to happen. It is sometimes unavoidable even if you have airtight contracts, policies, operating guidelines, and other documents in place. Someone will violate a policy and cause trouble for your human resources department or other aspects of the company. It’s how the problems that matter are handled.
Did you know that employment mediation can lead to happier employees? They will be more productive, work harder, care about their success and the success of the organization.
Level Playing Field
One of the biggest benefits of mediation in employment disputes is that it places the company and the employees on a level playing field. This might not seem that important for the company, but for the employee, it can mean the world to them. Resolving the issue confidentially and as quickly as possible – without retaliation and with mutual respect – can go a long way for the employee’s attitude and willingness to continue to do the best job they possibly can.
Only One Party Writes the Contract
When one party involved in a contract has very little or no say in the terms of the contract, this often leads to a dispute. If you or the other party did not provide any input into the contract’s terms, it could lead to a lopsided agreement. It can also cause miscommunication about the duties of one party. Mediation is the best way to resolve this issue if the contract has already been signed. If neither party has signed the contract, you can still go to mediation, but it’s best for all involved to have input in the terms.
A Feeling of Respect
When a company informs an employee that their dispute will be resolved using employment law mediation, it gives the employee a feeling of being respected. If a company files a lawsuit against an employee, he or she might feel at a disadvantage, especially knowing that the company has insurance and lawyers on their payroll to handle litigation. The employee likely does not have the means to defend themselves in court. When employees feel respected, they are more likely to continue to provide their employer with excellent work regularly.
A significant advantage of using employment mediation services is that the mediator will operate the meetings with a no interruption policy. This means that the party presenting their side of the case can express their anger, frustration, or other feelings without being interrupted, interrogated or otherwise dismissed by the other party. Because of this policy, both parties will be able to get to the bottom of their issues without fear of one side walking out or refuting their claims off the cuff or without thoughtful responses.
The most important reason to utilize mediation in a dispute with an employee is to continue a relationship, especially if he or she will still be employed with your company once the issue is resolved. A successful resolution through mediation will speak volumes with an employee and prevent a relationship from deteriorating.
Need to Resolve a Dispute with an Employee? Call Shapiro Mediation
Do you need to resolve an issue with one of your employees? Do you want to avoid litigation at all costs? If so, you need to explore the use of mediation in employment disputes. Call the office of Shapiro Mediation at (339) 298-7733 to speak with an experienced mediator about your case. We will guide you through the process so that you and your employee come to a successful resolution.