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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.

CMP are a professional, highly skilled and reliable organisation. Very willing to share their expertise which is making a difference to managing conflict and improving relationships within NHS Grampian.

Mediation Service Set-up Commissioner and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Head of HRNHS Grampian

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

My test of a good training provider lies not with it’s “off the shelf” courses, but in how it applies its skills to the context of the customer. The tailored mediation training provided by CMP not only met my benchmark test, but exceeded it by some margin.

From commissioning to organising the training, then the delivery and follow up CMP have been exceptional as they are interested not only in the quality of what they deliver but in the quality of what we as a customer can then do.

Mediation Service Set-up Lead and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Senior HR ManagerHighlands and Islands Enterprise

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

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

CMP always go the extra mile because in addition to the mediation training and accreditation we also got support with difficult situations and participation in a network of mediators across the Public and Private sector where good practise was shared.

Difficult Conversation and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Training Delegate, Head of WelfareHM Revenue and Customs

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

I was very pleased with the ILM Professional Workplace Mediator training provided for our new staff mediators.  The six-day programme was well-structured, and the content was presented clearly and concisely.  The trainer was flexible and sensitive to individual needs, and our trainees found the course challenging and highly stimulating.  I would be very happy to use CMP again in the future.

Mediation Service Set-up Commissioner and former ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Head of ER DEFRA

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

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

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