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10 Key Advantages of Working with a Professional Mediator

  • Posted by: Ellen Kandell

In mediation, a neutral third party is brought in to help the disputing parties come to a resolution. The advantage of an outside mediator is that they don’t have a point of view. A mediator comes in with a fresh perspective, akin to a blank canvas.

Sometimes an organizational leader or human resources professional is able to resolve the conflict, but they are not truly neutral and may not be able to gain the trust of each party. It is best to engage a mediator early before the conflict festers and people’s viewpoints become entrenched. If a manager or executive feels that tensions are worsening or the environment has become hostile, a mediator may be necessary to begin the conflict resolution process.

Hiring a professional mediator can offer several benefits in various contexts, particularly in resolving conflicts or disputes. Here are some of the key advantages:

  1. Neutral Third-Party Perspective: A professional mediator brings impartiality to the process. They don’t have a vested interest in the outcome, allowing them to approach the situation objectively and help all parties find common ground.
  2. Facilitated Communication: Mediators are skilled in facilitating constructive communication between parties. They can help clarify misunderstandings, ensure that all parties are heard, and guide discussions toward productive resolutions.
  3. Confidentiality: Mediation sessions are typically confidential, providing a safe and private environment for parties to discuss sensitive issues without fear of information being used against them later.
  4. Time and Cost Efficiency: Compared to lengthy legal battles or drawn-out negotiations, mediation is often a quicker and more cost-effective way to resolve disputes. Mediators help streamline the process, saving time and resources for all parties involved.
  5. Preservation of Relationships: Mediation focuses on finding mutually acceptable solutions rather than assigning blame or fault. This can help preserve relationships between parties, making it particularly valuable in situations where ongoing interactions are necessary, such as business partnerships or family disputes.
  6. Customized Solutions: Mediators work with parties to develop solutions tailored to their specific needs and interests. This flexibility allows for creative problem-solving and outcomes that may not be possible through traditional legal processes.
  7. Empowerment: Mediation empowers parties to take an active role in resolving their own disputes, rather than relying on a judge or arbitrator to impose a decision. This can lead to more sustainable agreements and greater satisfaction with the outcome.
  8. Compliance and Implementation: Because parties play a central role in crafting the agreement during mediation, they are more likely to comply with the terms reached. This can lead to smoother implementation and reduced risk of future conflicts.
  9. Reduced Stress and Emotional Strain: Mediation provides a supportive environment for parties to express their concerns and interests without the adversarial atmosphere often associated with litigation. This can help reduce stress and emotional strain, making it easier to reach mutually acceptable solutions.
  10. Preservation of Control: Parties retain control over the outcome of the mediation process. Unlike court rulings or arbitration decisions, which are imposed upon parties, mediated agreements are reached voluntarily, giving parties a sense of ownership and control over the outcome.

Overall, hiring a professional mediator can offer numerous benefits in resolving conflicts or disputes, including efficiency, confidentiality, preservation of relationships, and empowerment of the parties involved. Get in touch to discuss how mediation can assist your organization in conflict resolution.

Ellen F. Kandell is a certified professional mediator and attorney with over 30 years of public and private sector experience. She is one of eight Maryland mediators featured on a statewide demonstration video of good mediation practice. Ellen is certified by the International Mediation Institute.  She provides mediation, group facilitation and training to diverse clients in Washington, DC and the US. Get in touch with her via email, and follow her on LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Author: Ellen Kandell

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