Our core mediation services are:
- WORKPLACE MEDIATION
- COMMUNITY MEDIATION
- CORPORATE M&A MEDIATION
- FAMILY & DIVORCE MEDIATION
- MEDIATION IN THE WORKPLACE
How many times have you heard this line: “People don’t leave companies, they leave other people”?
It’s a cliché, but once you expand on it a little bit, you understand how important workplace mediation can be for the retention of talent.
People leave jobs or are fired because they stopped being engaged with the company’s mission, or because they were never engaged with it in the first place. People leave their jobs when it has become clear to them that their voice, their ideas, are not being acknowledged, when their skills are not utilized or are underutilized, when their potential for doing great things is not developed.
People also leave their job when their values and behavior is not compatible with that of the majority of their colleagues. This can be a case of cultural misalignment, or it can be a case of unethical behavior on the part of one employee that affects the work of others and the image of the company.
Conflict in the workplace, much more so than within the family, usually has a component of material punishment that has been acceptable in society. During a conflict in the workplace, someone can lose his/her job, or take a pay cut, or be placed under investigation and be suspended.
Mediation is intrinsically linked to disassociating the parties from their need to blame, shame or punish the other. Instead, fair settlement is sought where each party is empowered to take responsibility for their actions, and engaged into imagining practicing the right behaviors/positive values in the future.
Rehabilitation and self-governance are the results of mediation in the workplace, not punishment that makes people feel outcast, which, in turn, only induces the desire to retaliate.
2. COMMUNITY MEDIATION
What defines communities? It’s the common interest of people within a certain community that unites otherwise individual stories into acting together for a purpose.
Neighborhoods are communities; Colleges are communities; Unions are communities; Political parties are communities; People living with a certain disability for communities; Companies can also be communities; professional associations, chambers of commerce, organizations for young people, for professionals, for seniors, they all are communities.
Conflicts arise within the community, but most often, community conflicts happen when the relationship between the community leaders and other stakeholders (suppliers, purchasers, legislators, customers, government) has reached a point where communication has stopped flowing naturally. Interests seem to conflict. The entire community suffers, resources can be lost, developments postponed, projects canceled.
Community mediation can restore communication among the stakeholders who influence the life of the people within that particular community.
Through our community mediation services, we serve:
- Neighborhoods that seek development or historical preservation;
- All types of organizations – economic, political, cultural/educational, civil society;
- Large groups of professionals (chambers of commerce, business networking groups)
- NGOs that protect minority rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, human rights
3. CORPORATE M&A MEDIATION
A merger or an acquisition can be the scene and source of numerous conflicts, stemming from cultural differences between two different organizations that are now trying to merge.
There are so many failed mergers that can be used as learning cases in business school and law school, where too few people truly understand that the core reason for the failure of the merger was lack of cultural integration and miscommunication which turned into conflict, which affected strategic relationships.
Examples would be Pfizer and Allergan (2017), Sprint and Nextel Communications (2005), AOL and Time Warner (2001).
The purpose of hiring a neutral mediator in the beginning of a merger or acquisition is related to the constant monitoring and management of the parties’ expectations and COMMON vision, facilitating their communication, maintaining their strategic relationship DESPITE conflicts that may arise.
4. FAMILY MEDIATION (ESTATE, INHERITANCE, DIVORCE)
Perhaps there is no other space mediation is as instrumental as it is in family conflicts and disputes.
Our mediators are trained in family and divorce mediation, and will help couples who have decided to separate, navigate the details of their separation amiably, respectful of each other’s needs and interests.
Our family mediation services include:
Divorce Mediation – taking the couple through the separation process until an agreement is reached amiably on all important issues: child custody, equitable division of assets, child support, spousal maintenance, pension, investments, insurance-related issues.
Family Conflict Mediation
- inheritance (sibling conflict),
- pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements,
- decisions regarding caring for disabled family members, including children, spouses and parents.
Kindness, respect, understanding are the values and behaviors we encourage our clients to use. Revenge, retaliation, punishment, and the overall win-lose attitude are not a part of the space we create for our clients.
An amiably-mediated conflict will ensure that the parties not only reach a mutually-acceptable agreement, but navigate this difficult time in their lives with much less stress, stay emotionally-balanced and keep their mental clarity.
Family conflicts often disrupt not only people’s personal life, but the overwhelming stress and negativity cascades into their work, and they are unable to perform or focus.