Please scroll to the bottom to see testimonials and case study
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
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office was pleased to award the Tender to CMP to provide training for First Response Officers as a contact point for colleagues who feel that they may have been bullied, harassed or discriminated against. Delegates fed back “I loved the training! I have learnt an awful lot. The trainers are very open and interesting – and they know the subject matter very well. It has been a wonderful experience.”
The practitioner clearly had both a great depth of knowledge and augmented this with a wealth of experience. This resulted in a very rich syllabus and maximised my learning. I found their delivery style confident and respectful of the students. The draft report the practitioner provided is a usable template that I think will enable me to conduct an investigation and most importantly produce a legally robust document. This is why I would put this course in my top three for quality of education.
Our front-line housing staff regularly face challenging and potentially threatening situations. We engaged CMP to equip our staff with appropriate skills to meet these challenges and defuse threatening situations. Their professional approach and participative style have always been well-received and have contributed to the first-class customer service we aim to deliver.
Our SMT found the training to be extremely helpful. The programme was customised to meet our specific needs. We were pleased with the balance of theory, case studies and role play, which enabled us to test our new skills in a safe environment.
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.
My sessions were very helpful to me, particularly as the coach had an easy manner and good sense of humour, which facilitate open discussion. They enabled me to explore sensitive issues in an objective but supportive environment and consider how I might do things better.
Opened up a new way of viewing conflict at work and in everyday life.
I found the conflict coaching extremely helpful during a very difficult time for me personally and at work. The coach was very patient with me and gave great feedback. It has enabled me to re-evaluate my responsibilities and focus on the positives. I use the tools and techniques discussed on a daily basis, which has enabled me to hold complex meetings professionally and with confidence.
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.
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.