Workplace Dispute Resolution

threecoworkersYour organization can experience workplace disputes in a variety of forms:

  • Disputes between co-workers
  • Disputes between a supervisor and an employee
  • Disputes within your management teamNo matter what the nature of workplace conflict, it is very costly. Disputes can take up a lot of energy and have a negative impact on the functioning of the team and the organization.

The Reid Group believes that while all conflicts may not be completely resolved, all conflicts can be managed in ways that respect the people and the issues involved.

Our experience suggests organizations benefit from being pro-active in addressing workplace conflict by offering resources to use as needed:

  • A dispute resolution policy with appropriate levels of confidentiality
  • Training or coaching resources accessible by employees
  • Availability of low-cost or no-cost (to employees) mediation resources

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

The Reid Group uses a four-step approach to help organizations manage workplace disputes:

Step 1:  Enable the parties to resolve the issues themselves

After participating in conflict management workshops, the parties identify their key issues and work together toward a successful resolution of the issues.

Step 2: Provide coaching services to one party to the dispute

Our consultant works with the party individually in a coaching capacity to help them prepare for a session with the other party.

Step 3: Provide coaching services to the other party to the dispute

Our consultant works with the party individually in a coaching capacity to help them prepare for a session with other party.

Step 4: Mediation

The Reid Group facilitates a mediation process to help both parties reach as much of a mutual resolution of issues as possible toward a win-win outcome. This agreement is summarized in writing to clarify the final resolution of issues.

Does your organization experience disputes that disrupt the working environment? Contact us for more information or give us some specifics about your situation by filling out our Hoped-for Outcome form.