When a serious workplace dispute drags on, it can seriously affect the morale and motivation of those working alongside, leading to an unhappy workforce and loss of productivity.
If one of the disputing parties then takes time off through stress, or decides to quit their job altogether, it can prove even more expensive for the company. It has been estimated, for instance, that it can cost £5,000 or more to recruit and train up a new member of staff.
And should a dispute go to Industrial Tribunal, the financial loss to an organisation can easily be four times this amount, even if it wins the case.
Why consider us?
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Winchester Mediation Service has been helping to resolve workplace problems for over ten years, our clients including the City Council and the NHS.
The mediation process
The process we use for resolving disputes in the workplace is broadly the same as for mediations between neighbours, and can usually be completed in a single day.
We start by speaking to both parties separately to learn their viewpoints, then arrange for them to meet together with our mediator to talk the problem through in a calm and focused way, and reached an amicable resolution together.
Because the parties have worked together to reach an agreed way forward they, and the organisation, can often emerge stronger as a result, and better able to deal with any future difficulties that might arise.
So if you are experiencing a conflict in the workplace why not call us in confidence to discuss how we may be able to help?