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Workplace Articles

Workplace Mediation Articles


Collaboration is the Future

(1/04/21)Larry Bridgesmith

Lawyers love conflict. They thrive on it. If anyone can coexist with conflict, it’s a lawyer.

Resolving Cognitive Conflict in the Workplace

(12/28/20)Vanessa Rose

When two people are tasked to complete a project together, they may not always agree on how to get it done.

Start with “Hello” to Manage Conflict

(12/18/20)Lorraine Segal

Recently, I did a consultation with two long-term employees who had periodic flare ups of conflict. Here are some of the suggestions I gave the owner.

Anti-Vaxxers and the New Workplace Divisions

(12/18/20)Katherine Graham

With a clear divide between the ‘anti-vaxxers’ and the rest, what happens to day-to-day employee relations and attempts to return to normal office routines and face-to-face meetings?

Resolving Cognitive Conflict in the Workplace

(12/11/20)Noah Shaw

When two people are tasked to complete a project together, they may not always agree on how to get it done.

Should Employment Matters with Religious Connotations be Dealt with in Court or by Mediations?

(12/07/20)Ariel Kirzner, Bruce Ally

This article focuses on a specialized class of employment law and human rights issues where there an overlap exists between matters of creed or religion and the legal relationship. In heterogeneous societies, people will disagree, sometimes passionately and fundamentally, over socio-politics, economics, spirituality and other beliefs and conduct.

Objectivity is Imperative

(12/04/20)Kathleen Kauth

Most conflicts are dealt with successfully by the individuals involved without outside help.

Research Looks at Meaningful Ways to Promote Intergroup Contact

(12/04/20)Natalie Davis

This article evaluates the study looking at why intergroup contact occurs; while much research is devoted to the benefits of intergroup contact, the authors here decided to look into why some might avoid intergroup contact, and how we might encourage intergroup contact to then reap those benefits.

Using Mediation Techniques to Manage Conflicts and Create a Healthy Work Environment

(11/11/20)Nouman Ali

It is not surprising that workplace conflict is one of the most talked-about topics in HR. Many different types of people work in an office, and the difference in opinions and personality is usually the cause of workplace conflict.

Resolving Employment Disputes through Mediation--podcast and transcript

(11/06/20)Shirish Gupta, Chris Kwok

From health and safety concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, to systemic discrimination issues amidst the Black Lives Matter movement, to continued fallout from the #MeToo movement, employers are currently facing a unique environment that is both increasing the number of workplace disputes and changing how they handle the disputes.

Building Leadership in Companies Through Transformational Mediation

(10/30/20)Laila Ollapally

A workplace that provides meaning and a sense of self-worth to its employees and equips them with skills to handle positively the challenges that exist when there are differences and disagreements, nurtures a leader fulfilling the mission and vision of the organization.

Review Analyzes Impact of Conflict and Stress on the Workplace

(10/26/20)Noah Shaw

With the advent of COVID-19, workplace conflict and stress have become front of mind problems for many organizations.

Group Decision-Making on Complex Public Issues: An experiment with structure.

(10/26/20)Sarah Daitch, Jordi Honey-Rosés

This article is a comparison of two facilitation approaches to group decision-making.

Asynchronous Instruction in this Year of Living Dangerously

(10/16/20)John Lande

Probably every student and instructor has had difficult challenges this year accommodating to the routines needed because of the pandemic.

Top 10 Tips for a Successful Employment Mediation

(10/03/20)Frank Burke

Since a very high percentage of employment claims are resolved through mediation, skilled advocates should work with their clients to carefully plan and make strategic moves throughout the early, middle and late phases of the mediation process to achieve successful results and durable settlement agreements.

Employment Litigation: 3 Instances Where A Company Should Explore Mediation

(9/25/20)Rachel Gupta

A blanket “no settlement” policy may not be in the best interests of the company’s bottom line. There are three instances where companies should put aside their instinct to litigate and explore mediation.

10 Dispute Mediation Techniques for Managers- Evidence from the Cleaning Industry

(9/03/20)Nouman Ali

No two human beings are alike; therefore, it's not surprising that people often disagree, and these disagreements can lead to conflicts.

‘Emotional Agility’ as a Workplace Mediator

(9/03/20)Catherine Gillespie

A psychologically safe space must be offered and maintained if a participant is going to be invited to and chooses to explore any underlying drivers to their thoughts and behaviours which may have contributed to the formation or perpetuation of conflict with another.

Reassessing the Pros and Cons of Workplace Arbitration

(9/03/20)Jeffrey Polsky

Jeffery D. Polsky, a partner at a San Francisco law firm experienced in labor and employment matters, describes the pros and cons of mandatory workplace arbitration so as to enable employers to make informed decisions regarding the course of action they can take to tackle any labor or employment issues.

Using Assertive Communication as a Way to Prevent Conflict in the Workplace

(8/29/20)Vanessa Rose

Practicing effective communication is one of the most impactful ways to prevent conflict in the workplace.

Comparing Mediation Websites

(8/17/20)Jim Melamed

According to brand new 8/16/2020 data from Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked mediation website, by far!

Housing, Transforming Community in Times of COVID-19

(7/31/20)Roger Moss, Carole Conn

Conflict Intervention Service: Transforming Lives, Transforming Affordable Housing, Transforming Community in Times of COVID-19

3rd Key - Education: Teach Mediation as a Core Subject Aligned to Real World Needs

(7/25/20)Barney Jordaan, Deborah Masucci

Mediation is rarely taught as a core subject in business schools, law schools and other professional curricula, despite the fact that an increasing number of jurisdictions now provide for some form of court sponsored mediation.

3rd Key-Education: Train Mediators to be Culture-wise, not Culture-blind

(7/25/20)Joanna Kalowski

Perplexed by the slow uptake of mediation in many places, is it time to wonder whether the mediation field has taken sufficient account of the centrality of culture?

Online Dispute Resolution Pioneer Colin Rule Named Mediate.com CEO

(6/13/20)Mediate.com

Mediate.com announced today that Colin Rule has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Jim Melamed, the company’s co-founder and CEO for 25 years, is now chair of the board and general counsel.

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