Mediation in Conflict Resolution – A Boon!

Mediation is often the best way available to resolve a conflict. It is an easy, effective and quick approach to resolve a conflict in an unbiased way. Moreover, the privacy and confidentiality of your issue is maintained throughout. Mediation in conflict resolution has become a more acceptable option. This article explains why!

When conflicts emerge, understanding where to turn for its resolution is a daunting task. Many times people choose to avoid the situation completely hoping that it will be resolved on its own magically. Some other people try to put everything on the other side and stay firm with their position. Staying firm in your position just makes the situation worse. Instead of resolving the issue in a way that both parties can live with, each side becomes entrenched and demonizes the other side. If you do not want to avoid this situation, then you need to be tactical with your approach. Fortunately, there is an easy and effective way to resolve conflicts efficiently i.e. Mediation. Mediation in conflict resolution is like a boon which keeps everything sorted while bringing a mutually beneficial outcome.

Why Mediation in Conflict Resolution Works?

While there are legal procedures that you can follow to get your conflicts resolved by a third party making the decision for you,, many people opt for the mediation process for resolving their disputes be it at workplace or personal space. But why? Let us take a look at how mediation in conflict resolution works?

Mediation is a faster and less expensive approach

With mediation the conflict resolution process accelerates by avoiding those lengthy trials of court or arbitration. Conflicts can be resolved right away with mediation while with legal procedures you will have to wait for a date which can range from 5 to 9 months, depending upon the length of the trial. and determination. Multiple court appearances can make the conflict resolution take years to resolve if you proceed legally. On the other hand, with mediation the issue can take a day to a few weeks to reach closure. Apart from being time-consuming, court trials can be a very  expensive affair. In case of mediation prices are far less than court.

Mediation is less risky and you have more control over the outcome

In the court there will be a trier of fact be it a judge or jury who will impose a solution on all parties. The result is not in the hands of the conflicting parties involved. They will have to accept the decision made by the trier of fact. On the contrary, in the mediation approach an unbiased mediator is involved who is not a judge. Instead the mediator will help you to come to a resolution that works for you and the other party without imposing any decision on you. The situation will be in the control of both parties. Each will have a chance to be heard and  negotiate. Each party can  keep their perspectives in the forefront. After all discussions and negotiations,  when a conclusion has been reached the mediator will draw a mutually beneficial resolution  for the issue.

Mediation is an Informal Process

Mediation in conflict resolution makes things easier by finding a solution through conversation, dialogue, and collaboration.. Every mediator has their own style of resolving the issue, however, each of them is focused on helping you find a resolution. As compared to the formal court system, which is structured and has specific rules and procedures to follow for filing court documents, hearings and trials. At times the court formalities can get highly overwhelming which make things more complicated instead of resolving the issue. But mediation is simple and keeps things sorted.

Mediation is Private and Confidential

While court procedures are public, mediation processes are private and confidential i.e. besides the conflicting parties and the mediator no one is involved in the session. Everything you speak during the mediation session will stay in the session. In case the session does not end up with a resolution and the issue goes to trial, the information you revealed in meditation cannot be used in the court as evidence. There is an agreement of confidentiality signed by both parties provided by the mediator before the procedure begins.

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This article is written by Michael Gregory Consulting, LLC. Mike is a renowned mediator with years of experience in resolving conflicts tactically. For more information visit