MII Highlights Major Scope for Mediation to Help the Workplace

New CIPD Report finds that 1 in 4 employees have an ongoing difficult relationship at work with 1 in 10 leaving their organisation as a result. 

 

Tuesday, 7th April 2015: “46% of employees surveyed in a new CIPD report consider that mediation is an effective approach to dealing with workplace conflict and yet just 1.5% of employees who had experienced conflict appeared to have access to mediation,” stated Gerry Rooney, President of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) who was commenting on a newly published report commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)*. 

 “Although this is a UK report, I have no reason to believe that the situation in Ireland is any different”, commented Gerry Rooney, President of MII.  “The report finds that 38% of employees had experienced some form of interpersonal conflict at work, 28% reporting that they had ongoing difficult relationships and that 10% left their organisation as a result. Clearly such high levels of workplace conflict are costing businesses and organisations in terms of productivity and such conflicts often end up in costly litigation and other time consuming processes.”

Rooney added, “The report warned managers that they have a key role in diffusing tensions at an early stage. Building access to and awareness of mediation into the HR management of all workplaces will support managers in achieving this. By providing access to certified mediators, businesses and organisations can save money and deliver a healthier, more productive working environment.”

Rooney also welcomes the focus on mediation that the Workplace Relations Bill is establishing.  The Bill is due to be enacted by the Oireachtas in April and represents a transformation in how the State will support the resolution of workplace disputes.

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*CIPD Report - Please follow this link to the CIPD  Report http://bit.ly/1y0aAeC

About The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland

The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland is the professional association for Mediators in Ireland. It is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the use of quality mediation by ensuring the highest standards of education, training, professional practice and regulation.  

The Mediators' Institute of Ireland is a company limited by guarantee and registered in Dublin, Ireland. 

Its registration number is 418250.

Registered Office: 31/32 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, Ireland. Registered Charity CHY16996.

About Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary process of conflict prevention and resolution that allows the parties an opportunity to address their issues in a confidential, private, and safe environment.  Mediators are trained in conflict resolution skills and techniques and have the expertise needed to give people the best possible opportunity to resolve their disputes.

Mediation is effective:

In single-issue and multi-issue disputes

In two-people and multi-party conflicts

In developing innovative and sustainable solutions when parties are willing but stuck

As a preventative intervention early in a conflict

As an alternative to avoid further costly public litigation

The mediation process improves communication, narrows outstanding issues, defuses emotions and defines areas of agreement.  Statistics show a success rate for mediation averaging 80 per cent. 

Draft Mediation Bill 2012

Please follow this link to a copy of the draft version of the Bill which can also be found on the website of the Department of Justice http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/MedBillGSFinal.pdf/Files/MedBillGSFinal.pdf

The Government's Legislative Programme for thespring session, which was posted on the Department of the Taoiseach's website on 14.01.2015 (http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/eng/Taoiseach_and_Government/Government_Legislation_Programme/) lists the Mediation Bill at No. 61 in their B List - Bills for which Heads of Bill have been agreed and text is being prepared. However, they give its expected publication date as late 2015. 

The Programme for Government calls for the encouragement and facilitation of mediation to resolve civil disputes.  The programme states that mediation will deliver significant cost and time savings for businesses and the State, and the MII has demonstrated significant savings can be made through mediation. The MII estimates that legal costs in relation to civil cases in 2011 are estimated to have been €1.17 billion – a huge figure considering our current financial situation.  This figure is calculated from figures contained in the 2011 Court’s Services Annual Report.  The formula takes costs claimed by the winning party, multiplies this by two to get the costs for both sides of the case and then takes account of the fact that 90 per cent of civil cases are settled before Court.  The MII has estimated that litigation costs relating to civil cases in 2010 was €1.3 billion and in 2009 it was €1.2 billion.

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