Understanding Workplace Conflict

Tailored mediation for workplace conflict

There are plenty of situations where we find ourselves in conflict with co-workers, friends and family. As a result, we learn to deal with conflict and resolve disagreements that may arise in our different everyday relationships. Sometimes, however, these issues may become serious and complex to the point where they are out of our control. 

Meaningful Mediation is dedicated to facilitating positive outcomes for all parties currently experiencing workplace conflict. Our goal is to redefine co-working relationships so that all parties can feel comfortable and supported after conflict has occurred. If you’re experiencing disputes in the workplace, Meaningful Mediation could help you resolve these issues today.

What is workplace conflict?

Workplace conflicts are generally defined as relational disputes between two or more parties. Conflict in the workplace is not always easy to resolve and can be damaging and if poorly addressed can have particularly negative outcomes. However, depending on how the conflict is managed, negative effects may be minimised and positive outcomes can be met. 

To help you get a better understanding, here are some workplace conflict examples:

  • Leadership conflict
  • Work style differences
  • Personality clashes
  • Cultural-based dissension
  • Interdependency-based conflict

By actively resolving these types of workplace disputes through mediation, we can help both parties reach a successful arrangement. At Meaningful Mediation, we employ tailored communication strategies to foster better working relationships and enhance workplace culture. 

So, if you’re looking for conflict resolution in the workplace, enquire today! We can put you in touch with a trusted mediator to discuss your situation.

Managing conflict in the workplace

Are you wondering how to resolve conflict in the workplace? Workplace disputes are inevitable but if resolved in a respectful manner, can have a positive outcome. To assist workplace conflicts from escalating, strategies to resolve conflict in the workplace may include:

  • Understanding the situation: By investigating both sides, this can help to settle the conflict.
  • Acknowledge the issue: Acknowledging the issue at hand is an important step in resolving conflict and is often ignored by employers.
  • Focus on the issue at hand: In situations like this, it’s best to focus on identifying and resolving the conflict rather than the individual involved.
  • Communication: The ultimate goal in conflict resolution is for both parties to resolve the issue at hand. By expressing their viewpoints this may help both individuals pinpoint the real issue causing the conflict.
  • Collaborating: This can only happen if both parties are assertive and cooperative.

In some cases, mediation may be necessary when disputes become complex. Our team understands the legislative requirements of employers when a dispute arises. So, if you’re dealing with workplace disputes in legal or financial firms, we can help.

When to seek outside help from a mediator

While it’s best to address workplace conflicts as soon as possible, there are times where a mediator may need to step in. Situations may include the following:

  • The organisation does not employ a HR professional or team
  • The HR department doesn’t have the training to provide the conflict resolution assistance needed.
  • Workplace conflicts become abusive.
  • Potential legal issues are involved, such as allegation of discrimination, bullying or harassment.
  • Workplace disputes become a recurring issue.

So, if you are looking for a reputable practitioner, our team has a diverse background in law, psychology and counselling. We understand the legality with respect to all issues concerning the workplace. With previous experience working as lawyers and facilitating legally assisted mediation, our team is well versed to deal with all disputes.

Meaningful Meditation can help with workplace conflict

When conflict is mismanaged, it can have a harmful effect on workplace productivity and individual wellbeing. That’s why at Meaningful Mediation we focus on resolving and extinguishing such disputes in a timely, respectful and ethical fashion. We work with team leaders and senior staff to understand their employees and better manage them when conflicts arise. 

We see conflict as an opportunity to foster better working relationships, enhance workplace culture and therefore increase productivity. By settling a matter with dignity and mutual respect, employees are able to gain a better understanding of each other’s concerns and perspectives.  Not only this but mediation can be an empowering and transformative process which can avoid the time, cost and the disruptiveness of court proceedings. If you need support by experts who understand the complexities of workplace disputes, Meaningful Mediation can help you.

How does it work?

When you enlist in our services, we will conduct an individual appointment where we can get a comprehensive understanding of the situation from both parties. By doing so, we will determine whether mediation is appropriate. Once both parties have agreed on this, we can then determine the most suitable way of facilitating the mediation session. 

The next step is the actual mediation session. This process will enable parties to discuss topics in a safe and secure environment. Our team understands the strain that toxic behaviour and workplace bullying can have on an individual. Depending on your situation we will mediate in a way that mitigates and resolves these issues. After the mediation session, our team will provide a report to the organisation with specific recommendations that are tailored to your specific workplace. 

The report may include the following:

  • Development of organisational values and goals
  • Healthier working relationships
  • Ways to improve work culture
  • Training and future workshop facilitation

So, whatever the matter may be, our team can help resolve workplace conflict in a cost effective way that reflects the best interests of all parties.

How much does workplace mediation cost?

If a workplace dispute can be resolved through mediation, it will be significantly less expensive than hiring a lawyer and proceeding to court. There are also a number of non-financial factors that make mediation favourable. Some of these factors may include a quicker turnaround to court hearings, avoidance of emotional implications and maintaining co-workers relationships. 

Conflict in the workplace can be a difficult time and should not be coupled with stress or long delays for service. If you are looking for a mediator with extensive legal knowledge, we will attend to your situation swifty and thoroughly. 

Safe & supportive assistance during workplace disputes

We provide a safe environment that enables both parties to feel comfortable in discussing important issues. If you decide to work with us you can trust that your information will be kept completely confidential. 

However, there are some exceptions, such as to prevent a threat to someone’s life or health or the commissions of a crime. If you would like to find out more information, contact our friendly team of experts.

Will I need a lawyer?

Typically, most mediation processes don’t require the parties to obtain any legal representation. Mediation helps people work through conflicts without the costly services of legal proceedings. 

Work conflict in legal & financial firms

Unlike other dispute resolution professionals, some of our mediators have previous experience as lawyers and have worked in multiple law firms. In saying this, our team has personally experienced the demands and stressors of these industries. We understand the resultant conflict that occurs and that’s why we focus on responsive and respectful solutions. Meaningful Mediation works with clients to redefine their co-working relationships. This allows employees to feel comfortable and supported in the workplace after conflict has occurred.

If you are experiencing complex issues in the workplace in the legal or financial industry, we can help. Why not talk with our team of experts to see what they can do for you?

Workplace mediation services Brisbane

If you’ve been searching for workplace mediation services Brisbane, look no further. Our team of workplace mediators specialise in Queensland services but also offer services in NSW, Perth, Victoria and the Gold Coast.  If you’d like to get in touch with one our our mediators, enquire today.

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At Meaningful Mediation, our team of reputable practitioners have extensive experience in workplace conflict resolution and investigations. We also assist clients with respect to co-parenting, separation and domestic violence concerns, property settlement and complex issues related to elder matters. For more information, get in touch today.