The Conflict Management Journey

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The benefits associated with an organisation’s proactive approach to conflict prevention are significant.

Here at CMP Resolutions we are lucky – we spend a good proportion of our time with clients on conflict prevention work.  We’d like it to be more, because we also see a great deal of the human misery and financial costs that result from unmanaged workplace conflict.

And we’re not just driven by a human desire to spread happiness across the workforce by building the capacity of UK plc to manage disputes constructively – we know that investment in conflict management pays handsome returns.  A recent client has realised a return of £2.32 for every £1 they spent in their first year of equipping their organisation to manage conflict more proactively.

Please feel free to use our ‘back-of-the-envelope’ Cost of Conflict calculation to estimate what conflict is currently costing your organisation, and kick-start your business case for investing in prevention.

CMP Resolutions has helped its clients to identify and implement a cost-saving approach to conflict prevention in a variety of ways:

  • Training line managers to hold difficult conversations earlier and more effectively
  • Raising organisational sensitivity to bullying and harassment issues
  • Acquiring the leadership and management skills to managing change more positively
  • Setting up and implementing internal mediation services
  • Establishing confidential harassment adviser services to capture and manage issues before they escalate
  • Improving the robustness of internal HR investigations

An organisation that is sensitive to, and equipped for, dispute resolution – what CMP calls ‘conflict competent’ – is one that adds value to its employee relations, as people feel able and encouraged to raise difficult issues and access the latent benefits of conflict, through constructive dialogue, rather than suffer the inherent costs.

Our conflict journey/joined up OD model

CMP's Conflict Journey Graphic

I have no hesitation in recommending CMP, they offer excellent value for money and provide a service that is second to none! CMP provides a complete and professional service. From initial enquiry through administration and delivery, CMP covers all the bases. They are knowledgeable, professional and approachable and found flexible solutions to our training requirements. The feedback for the training has been outstanding. In addition to a collection of superlatives such as “fantastic” “inspiring” and “excellent” staff have stated that they came away with practical advice they can apply in real situations and, more to the point, have said it works!

Bespoke Conflict Management Training Buyer, Staff Development AdvisorUniversity of Gloucestershire

This conflict management training was far and away the best training I have had on the subject and some of the best training that I have had in my 10 years with Sue Ryder. I  recommend that it is seen as a priority for all managers as the course was relevant to anyone who manages people or finds that they need to mediate between people.

Conflict Management Skills Training Delegate, HR ManagerSue Ryder Care

More useful by far than I’d thought. CMP’s coach was very supportive and gave me lots of things to actually do differently. It was good being able to talk so openly to someone who didn’t judge. What has changed is I feel like a proper manager.

Coachee, Managera SME

CMP created a bespoke a 3 hour workshop on Managing Conversations for us. The session was to get staff to think about conflicts and why they arise and then to provide them with some skills on communicating effectively and build confidence in being assertive in challenging difficult behaviour. Staff were thrilled about the workshop and the skills that they were able to develop in this time.

Difficult Conversation Workshop Commissioner, HR ManagerThe Abbeyfield Society

A very informative and useful course that should be part of core management training.

Mediation Skills for Managers Training Delegate, ManagerBournemouth Borough Council

The trainer was really dynamic and engaging, the conflict management training was relevant, interesting with practical examples.

Conflict Management Training Delegate, Senior Probation OfficerStaffordshire & West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company

This was incredibly useful and everyone feels more confident now.

Investigation Skills Training Dleegate, ManagerThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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

Staff thought the study days were excellent. They were all very enthusiastic. When cases of bullying have come up they’ve been prompt to act. Managers are acting more speedily than they otherwise would have. They are acting quickly and appropriately, so we have rarely had to use the formal procedure, they have been resolved at low level.

Conflict Management and Dignity at Work Training Commissioner and Delegate, Head of HRBarts NHS Trust

I would wholly recommend courses from CMP without reservation to any organisation, large or small, who want to utilise the talents of their own people for the good of both themselves and their organisation. It is easy to see why CMP are a market leader in both training delivery, investigation and resolution of conflict.

Conflict Management Skills Training Commissioner and Delegate, HR ManagerVT Group (Part of The Babcock Group)

Making dispute resolution work in your organisation

To change the culture of conflict at work needs more than employers setting up a mediation service: what is needed is an investment in building workplace conflict competence.

This paper introduces the changes you should consider making to reduce the wholly unnecessary cost of conflict to your organisation.

How to make DR work at work