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Improving your existing mediation service

Training workplace mediators alone won’t give you access to the full benefits of mediation.

To really get mediation at work embedded in your organisation, you need to do more.  You need a communications plan and someone to lead on it.  So plan a series of webinars, or demonstrations; posters about the service with easy confidential contact details; put notices in with payslips.

Most people have assumptions (usually incorrect!) about what mediation is.  They certainly won’t be aware of why you’ve set your service up and how to access it, unless you tell them.  So run awareness raising sessions for staff, union-reps, management – and make sure your EAP or counsellors are on board.

Ensure as a priority that your HR team understand and have bought into the benefits of mediation. This includes when it’s appropriate, and have been given the skills to encourage parties to say yes to mediation.

Work with managers, because if you want to realise the culture-changing benefits, then you’ll need to give managers the mediation mind-set: short courses to help them see that mediation is an add-on to good management practices, and to enable them to take a mediation-style approach to their staff.

The best and most interesting course I’ve been on. Good learning pack to support in-depth, challenging, highly participative group sessions. Demanding, satisfying, thought-provoking, intense and fun. It has changed the way I think about certain things and therefore will have a long lasting impact.

ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Senior ManagerLeeds Beckett University

Excellent quality course which appropriately addressed the needs and requirements of the learners. All the staff trained stated that it was one of the best courses they had ever attended, and they hope that they can undertake further training with this organisation in the future.

Mediation Service Set-up Commissioner and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Learning and Development ManagerHMPS - NOMS

Thank you CMP for the excellent training.  We have received very positive feedback from those who attended the course.  The literature provided by CMP was professional, thorough and easy to understand.  We would always recommend you to others.

Mediation Service Commissioner and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Service Manager Young Devon

The training was really excellent and given us a huge bank of skills to use in our everyday working environment. The training was much harder than we had thought – in our view, a good thing! We had an excellent trainer with a huge range of expertise and experience and whose skills we really admired. As a group we would definitely recommend this training to others and certainly would recommend CMP as a training provider.

Mediation Service Set-up Coordinator and ILM Passport to Mediate Delegate, Headteacher Support Service CoordinatorHead Teachers Support Network

We worked closely with CMP to ensure that the homelessness mediation training course was tailored to the specific needs of the organisations and we certainly got what we purchased. The training was superb and fully met the needs of each organisation and their specific delegates.

Mediation Service Lead and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, ManagerLet's Build

All delegates, without exception, thoroughly enjoyed the course, both content, interest, and the way in which the trainer delivered the programme. The course was challenging and they all feel they have a new set of professional tools that will help them. Well done to CMP; our thanks to all those who worked to make this happen.

Mediation Service Set-up Project Lead and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, HRO - Crime CommandNorfolk Constabulary

This was very useful and has motivated me to do the Achieving Mediation Excellence audit

Mediation Service Set-up Project Lead and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator and Advanced Mediation Skills Delegate, Service Managera Higher Education Institute

I had half thought ‘how can it need six days to learn to mediate’, and then after the course I thought, ‘I need another six days!’ It was a lot more of a roller coaster than you might think, with more self-learning, building awareness of how you react to others in different situations. It was very useful to us and a powerful experience. The delegates are all very intellectually capable, and the training includes theory, practice and reflection – a nice mixture that covers the way different people prefer to learn.

Mediation Service Set-up Commissioner and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Occupational Health Manager Birmingham University

I have always found CMP courses to be stimulating, challenging, at the cutting edge of current thinking and practice, while professionally delivered and supported. The ILM Professional Workplace Mediator programme, delivered to us in-house, was no exception and feedback from the participants fully endorses my comments.

Mediation Service Commissioner, Mediation and Conflict Resolution ManagerDevon County Council

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

22 ways to improve your in house mediation service

By having a stronger mediation service, you’ll be better placed – and more confident – to offer your mediators to any networks or shared services your organisation is involved in.

This paper outlines some steps you can take that will result in an increase in user uptake and a decrease in levels and costs of conflict.

Improving your mediation service