It’s great to be looking ahead to 2017 already – and here’s why. One puzzle for many years has been to try to address the enormous disparity between the success rate in “formal” mediation in the workplace (which is over 80%) and its usage, which remains relatively low. Given the positive benefits of mediation on one side and the negativity of conflict on the other side, one obvious challenge to shape our thinking has to be why mediation isn’t already the default remedy for workplace conflict.

We have an exciting event scheduled for February 1st to tackle this paradox. On that day, the Civil Mediation Council’s Workplace and Employment Group will host a conference in the Old Library, Lloyds’ of London – click on our lead article or click here for more details. The conference is designed to equip business, legal and HR leaders with the necessary information and approaches to “sell” mediation within their organisation. Invited speakers have specific experience in introducing workplace mediation and making it part of managers’ thinking and practice.

This event is designed to bring together practitioners and end users who will appreciate guidance on:-

  • Raising awareness amongst staff of workplace mediation
  • Success factors and challenges in both its introduction and its take-up
  • Encouraging management participation

Using workplace mediation as an integral part of your grievance procedure

  • Proactively addressing workplace disputes
  • The role of mediation in future employment litigation.

The conference will include contributions from the BBC, Sheffield University, Tesco Stores, Squire Patton Boggs and mediation practitioners together with other experienced users from the business community. CMC Chair Sir Alan Ward and Sir Brendan Barber of Acas will both address the conference.

Whether you are a convert or sceptic, approach 2017 with an open mind by attending this workplace mediation conference. In-house counsel, HR, line management, trade unions or work representatives can all learn how to use mediation to get the results which will make others sit up and take notice.