Mediation is set to rise, according to Mediators’ Institute of Ireland
Eircom, Aramark Ireland, Alkermes Pharma and Dublin City Council and Department of Regional Development NI recognised for excellence in mediation at the Inaugural MII Awards for Workplace Mediation 2013
Friday, 8th November 2013: “Irish workplaces should take note of the dramatically positive effects of introducing workplace mediation programmes,” according to Gerry Rooney, President of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland who was addressing over 150 delegates at the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland’s (MII) annual conference which took place today in Co, Meath. The conference was formally opened by President Michael D. Higgins.
“Remarkable and positive reports have been made by some of Ireland’s leading companies that have introduced workplace mediation programmes. Significant reduction in the cost of resolving workplace conflicts, improvement in workplace behaviours, and in some cases the organisations report a complete reduction of grievances and formal disputes being taken by staff,” Mr Rooney continued.
The outcome of the inaugural MII Awards for Workplace Mediation 2013 were also announced at the conference and saw both private and public sector organisations recognised for excellence in mediation. The awards, which were set up in response to an increasing interest in and use of workplace mediation, saw Eircom, Aramark Ireland, Alkermes Pharma Ireland, Dublin City Council, and Department of Regional Development NI recognised for their excellence and commitment to mediation as a key element in their conflict management processes.
Congratulating the award winners Mr Rooney said, “As a growing profession it’s important to recognise those who are committed to mediation as a dispute resolution process and to showcase those who are displaying excellence in its implementation. This is the first year we have done so and we’re delighted to have a mix of public and private sector companies. I’d like to congratulate all the winners, their submissions were first class and are a testament to what the industry can achieve.”
A recent survey of MII Mediators also shows positive trends as the profession prepares for the much welcomed Mediation Bill that will underpin mediation as a mainstream process for resolving civil and commercial disputes. Almost 70% (69%) of mediators believe they will be doing more mediations in five years time with the key areas for growth ranked as workplace mediation followed by separating couples mediation, elder mediation, family mediation, and commercial mediation.
Looking to the future Mr Rooney said, “We know that mediation is an effective tool in resolving disputes because it costs less and helps to preserve relationships long after a dispute has been resolved. It is for these reasons that we’re seeing an increase in the use of mediation and it’s clear from our research that we expect that to continue over the next five years.”
82% of mediators are in favour of mediation being legislated for and the conference was advised that the MII is well placed to meet the recommendations of the Law Reform Commission which endorsed the establishment of a statutory code of practice for mediation and which is addressed in the draft heads of the Mediation Bill. “We have some real concerns regarding the Draft Bill, particularly in relation to mediators being required to report to the Court” said Mr Rooney; however overall the MII sees much benefit in the legislation for the State and the business community once the concerns are addressed.
The MII currently has over 770 registered members and as such provides a register of qualified mediators that must adhere to a code of conduct and ethics. The Institute also oversees the training standards for some 27 mediation training providers on the island of Ireland, and is recognised internationally as applying best practice standards for mediation. “This provides the State with a professional body to oversee the practice of mediation as recommended by the Law Reform Commission.” Mr Rooney concluded.
Mediation is a process in which an impartial and independent third party facilitates communication and negotiation and promotes voluntary decision making by the parties to a dispute to assist them to reach a mutually acceptable solution.There are many benefits to mediation including the fact that it is less adversarial, costs less, tends to preserve relationships, allows parties control over the outcome and can often result in a creative solution to a dispute. It can also be quicker and less risky.
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