Train your mediators, set up an internal mediation service – or source external support?

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You are considering introducing mediation; you have identified the many potential benefits for your organisation and you have identified clear objectives for it to deliver and be monitored against. 

The high-level decisions are in place.  Which of the four options for getting mediation into your business will be right for you?

  1. Referring an occasional case as the need arises
  2. Setting up a call-down contract with a provider, which should come with some added benefits
  3. Training one or two individuals internally to mediate
  4. Setting up an internal mediation service

Each has its benefits and drawbacks. But without being an expert in mediation, how do you know whether your mediation service should be staffed by internal mediators or outsourced to an external mediation company?

Public training courses

If you have less than 4 delegates to train, training in-house becomes non-efficient. CMP’s public courses offer an excellent alternative for those who want to train as mediators and investigators. Endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) our programmes are interactive, strong on practical exercises and focused feedback and run by specialists with many years of experience under their belts.

The mediation training provided by CMP was excellent in both context and format, and both challenging and enjoyable to all those staff who participated. It has certainly opened our eyes to the potential that mediation provides in resolving neighbour disputes and conflict management in other areas of housing work.

Mediation Skills Training Delegate, Tenancy Enforcement Team LeaderCity of Lincoln Council

CMP understood what was needed and using mediation were able to ‘unblock’ in a day a working relationship that had been difficult for some time. This was a very worthwhile investment.  Since the mediation took place, no more HR time has needed to be spent on this case and the parties have a better understanding of each other’s motivations.

Outsourced Mediation Commissioner, Director of HRGalliford Try

The mediation was a difficult meeting and not something I hope to ever repeat! But so worthwhile, despite that.  I believe that we will be able to work together better now, and it’s clear that my team feels more relaxed now relationships are better between me and the other party.

Mediation Party, Managera FTSE 250 organisation

CMP is an organisation at the top of their game and this was evidenced by the calibre of the trainers assigned to my project. Seldom do Training & Development Managers receive outstanding feedback from 100% of delegates who reported being fully engaged across six days of training. The CMP trainers, through their delivery style, personalities and course content and structure, did exactly this.

Mediation Service Set-up Commissioner and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Training and Development ManagerBoard of Community Health Councils Wales

I really enjoyed the hands-on practical nature of the advanced mediation skills training. The trainer was really approachable and made it very real and memorable – I felt comfortable to try and make mistakes and then learn from them.

Advanced Mediation Skills Training Delegate ,Head of Student VoiceUniversity of Manchester

We used CMP to train Specialist Investigators to work on cases of bullying and harassment that had reached a formal stage; and to train workplace facilitators/mediators to help individuals discuss and potentially resolve their differences.  The trainers from CMP were highly professional and knowledegable. The participants felt that the respective courses were hard work but enjoyable. As an organisation we feel that their skills and knowledge has given us a bank of people who are skilled and very able to help the Trust in maintaining a work environment free of unwelcome behaviour.

Training Commissioner, Learning & Development Managera NHS Trust

The mediation skills training gave me the opportunity to explore my own responses to conflict and learn ways to manage, reflect back what is being said, and start to move towards a resolution, providing me a very good role model for mediation.

ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Training Delegate, General ManagerNHS Lothian

CMP is a very good company to do business with and I would definitely recommend them.  I was very happy with the service offered, the investigation training and the follow-up support.  Our organisational objectives were clearly met by CMP’s involvement and I believe the training has provided the foundation for success.

Mediation Service Set-up, and Training Commissioner, Acting Head of HR,Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Interesting, challenging, informative and honest. An exceptional training experience.

Advanced Mediation Skills Training Delegate, Experienced mediatorHM Revenue and Customs

CMP offer an impressive blend of professional expertise and workplace mediation experience. Their trainers are challenging and thought-provoking and used realistic exercises relevant to our work. Our delegates were stimulated and inspired, and have brought valuable and lasting benefits back to the organisation.

Mediation Serivice Set-up and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator, comments from the Head of Human ResourcesMetropolitan Police

Internal or external mediators?

We will take you through the key things to consider in relation to:

  • Independence
  • Cost
  • Availability and speed
  • Cultural orientation
  • Timeliness
  • Case numbers

Your responses to the questions posed in this paper will leave you much clearer about which option is right for you.

Should you set up an internal mediation service or use external mediators?