Why opt for mediation or facilitation, over arbitration or even a ‘day in court’?
- People opt in to family and workplace mediation because it is readily accessible. It is also independent and confidential
- Mediation costs much less – financially and personally – than other ways of addressing disputes and complaints
- You are the focus in workplace and family mediation. There’ll be no third-party deciding the outcome. The process belongs to you and ends with your decisions
- Your mediator will help you to be heard and also, crucially, help you to really hear
- S/he won’t give advice, but will focus on facilitating a way forward, through constructive discussion
- Your relationships, at home and at work, can be significantly improved
- Mediation works – with full agreement achieved in around 80% of cases. In ‘all issues’ family mediation, some 60% of cases reach full mediation settlement
- Even where full settlement remains elusive, clients often find a significant ‘shift’ has begun. This can be progressively built on
- Workplace and family mediation is practiced extensively in Ireland and has widespread support. Solicitors and the courts are now obliged to advise clients to consider mediation, under the Mediation Act 2017 which came into force on January 1st, 2018
- One Small Step mediators work at your pace, at times and in venues that suit you
When do we begin?
As early as possible. Often workplace and family mediation services are employed almost like an end of the line option – when there has been so much hurt and damage to relationships and livelihoods.
Mediation can undoubtedly be hugely effective at these later stages. Imagine though, the results it might produce, if it’s begun alot earlier, when problems first emerge? The distress and fallout that early-stage intervention could prevent?
Whenever the time is right for you to choose mediation, restorative practice facilitation, conflict management coaching – or a personalised amalgam of these approaches – please get in touch in complete confidence. We’re here to answer any questions, or simply to have a chat.