Workplace Mediation

The solution to almost every single complaint, quarrel, disagreement and feud.

Every dispute that you could imagine, and even those that you couldn’t, are suitable for workplace mediation. Since 2001, we’ve been successfully resolving workplace conflicts with a success rate of over 93%. That’s a lot of happy, healthy and harmonious bonds restored.

The process works for a range of disputes, including but not limited to:

  • Conflicts and disagreements between employees and within teams.
  • Conflicts between managers and employees or between senior managers.
  • Allegations of bullying, harassment or discrimination.
  • Boardroom and executive level disputes.
  • Disputes between business partners.
  • Disputes with customers or along the supply chain.
  • Issues arising from mergers and acquisitions.
Jackie Newman Head of HR at P. D. Hook (Hatcheries) Ltd

“You will not be disappointed if you book with TCM.”

Steven Shaw Royal College of General Practitioners

“TCM are excellent and specialise in mediation services. They really are the experts in this field. I have used TCM several times and always get good results from them. David and his team always go that extra mile for you. If you do a cost-benefit analysis, TCM are able to save organisations considerable amounts of money. It is also highly rewarding to see staff working together again in a really positive way (in the majority of cases). TCM have a 92% success rate and I would not go anywhere else”

Catherine Anderson OneSource

“Great organisation and great people passionate about mediation and resolution. We have worked with TCM for 5 years and have recommended their mediation, training and consultation services to many.”

London borough of Hillingdon
London Borough of Hillingdon. Gillian McClean

“We have been working with TCM, in order to set up an In-house Mediation Service.  TCM trainers have a passion for resolving conflict & their enthusiasm both engages, inspires and energises others.”

Julie Plant Head of Learning and Development at Brandon Trust

“Our managers say they can’t believe how far two people can come in just one day when things have been so bad between them for so long”.

Carole Russell BT Group

Over the past two years, mediation has made a significant contribution to our business. By working with TCM to train a team of internal mediators, we have already cut the cost of conflict by many hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Metropolitan Police
Geri Brownrigg Professional Standards Unit | NCTPHQ

“I would whole heartedly recommend The TCM Group to anyone looking to implement mediation/resolution into their workplace. They are extremely professional, incredibly knowledgeable and very welcoming and relaxed in their approach.”

Jonathan Goodger Senior Employee Relations Manager at TSB

“It’s very rare to come across someone who is quite so passionate about their area of expertise. David (and the whole TCM team) have been extremely professional, knowledgeable, supportive and not to mention a little patient as we work to implement our mediation scheme in TSB. But that’s not the half of it. What is really striking is David’s absolute belief and commitment that there is a better, more human, way of resolving conflict that benefits everyone from the impacted people to the wider business – it’s completely inspiring and wherever I go in my career from this point, the resolution of conflict is something I will focus on in a way that I never would have in the past. It’s been a pleasure to work with David and the TCM team and I hope that opportunity will crop up again in the future. His book is an excellent read as well.”

London borough of Hillingdon
Gillian Mclean London Borough of Hillingdon

“We have been working with TCM for just over a year, in order to set up an In-house Mediation Service. I have found them, as a company, to be knowledgeable & helpful and always feel the focus is on achieving business outcomes, rather than the training event itself. TCM trainers have a passion for resolving conflict & their enthusiasm both engages, inspires and energises others.”

Catherine Anderson Organisational Development Manager at oneSource

“The TCM Group are a great organisation with great people who are passionate about mediation and resolution. We have worked with TCM for over 5 years to deliver a wide range of mediation and conflict management courses and services for the local authorities that we support. We have recommended TCM’s mediation, training and consultancy services to many others and they have always been as impressed as we are.”

Helen Snape Human Resources Manager at Care UK

“Mediation is an excellent and sustainable form of conflict resolution. The course was intense, educational, well-structured and most of all fun. I particularly liked the mixture of different learning styles that was presented by both trainers and I most certainly feel able to start mediating straight away!”

Louise Frayne Head of HR & Organisational Development at Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

“Just a quick line to thank TCM for the recent mediation service provided to RCPCH. A very successful day and working relationships improved enormously. I have always believed in restorative processes and the service offered by TCM really is excellent and evidences that this this really is the right approach to resolving conflict.”

Mediation Participant London Borough of Islington

“A very successful meeting, very constructive and explored all of my concerns. I felt listened too and was able to voice any issues that I had wanted to raise. A very positive outcome was reached.”

Mediation Participant University of London

“I am very satisfied with the outcome. The mediator explained things well and the mediation was very well structured.“

Mediation Participant University of Nottingham

“The mediator was wonderful – I would strongly recommend TCM to anyone who is experiencing workplace conflict. Thanks to HR for funding this process – it was remarkably helpful.”

Val Ward Learning & Development Manager at Historic Royal Palaces

“Managers tell me it’s definitely a worthwhile thing to do. As they trust the process and see what can come out of it, more and more are saying “What about mediation?”

“A lot of the principles of mediation are about common sense and disagreements in the workplace often start out as simple misunderstanding.”

Mediation Participant Interflora

“The mediator listened carefully to my views and acted in a very professional manner. I was very happy with the mediators approach and outcome as she helped us to identify and evaluate a variety of constructive options.”

Elizabeth Myers Founder at The RoundTable Group

“The TCM Model for effectively and efficiently managing workplace conflict can apply to almost any conflict or dispute. We know that feelings, needs, voice and choice underlie virtually every conflict or dispute. The TCM Model focuses on these and other elements. Applying this well thought out approach enlightens and empowers participants as they navigate their way forward while learning to avoid the inflaming effects of blame and shame.”

Gemma Bromfield MD HR Consultant at Go Beyond HR Consultancy Ltd

“I have had the best experience with TCM, and I will be recommending TCM to colleagues interested in mediation.”

How the workplace mediation process works

Resolve even the most complex and challenging disputes in just one day.

Step 1
The first meeting
  • Both parties meet with the mediator individually.
  • This meeting provides an opportunity for both parties to identify the root cause of the conflict.
Step 2
The second meeting
  • This meeting is also held individually.
  • Both parties understand and decide how they want to explain their situation within the joint meeting.
Step 3
The joint meeting
  • Both parties are together in a room with the mediator.
  • They both have uninterrupted speaking time and are encouraged to listen and understand each other’s perspectives.
  • This part of the process can completely change the dynamic and is hugely powerful.
  • The exchange takes place, after which mutual agreement is made for resolution.
Step 4
Conclusion
  • Parties are invited to reflect on the process and the outcome.
  • They decide on future action to be taken if a further conflict arises.
  • The mediator remains in contact with the parties involved for a year after mediation.

The FAIR Mediation Model™

A unique route to address the underlying root of an issue.

TCM’s FAIR Mediation Model™ has been designed specifically for use in resolving workplace and employment disputes. It is a highly effective and well-regarded model used by some of the UK’s biggest names including: Royal Mail, HSBC, Aviva, Network Rail, BA, London Ambulance Service, Lloyds Banking Group, The Metropolitan Police, BT, The DWP along with numerous universities, hospitals, councils and police forces.

The FAIR Mediation Model™ is unique because it addresses the underlying root cause of a conflict whilst bringing a pragmatic and highly effective problem-solving approach. It also includes a substantial amount of post-mediation support for the parties for a full year after mediation concludes. Our way works.

The benefits of workplace mediation

Imagine if you could save your business valuable time, money and stress.

Restorative resolution starts from the minute you contact us and continues way beyond the mutual agreement – skills can be learned for life.

  • It places responsibility for the resolution directly with the parties.
  • It creates a safe place for all sides to have their say and be heard, with uninterrupted speaking time.
  • Disputes are halted before they escalate out of control.
  • Mediation reduces the stress and anxiety associated with conflict.
  • It reduces the risk of litigation and costs of conflict.
  • Mediation helps to cultivate a happier, healthier and more harmonious working environment.

Online mediation

Flexible for the virtual world; digital for the modern worker.

We’re living in a modern and changing world, and our workplaces are no different. So why wouldn’t our services reflect this? In the digital age, all our mediation services can be delivered online. It’s a sustainable, cost-effective, time-saving option. We’re flexible to suit your needs.

In an increasingly global business climate, teams are frequently dispersed across continents.  Managers may be leading people they only get to meet once or twice a year – and team members may never have met each other at all.

Virtual project teams, which bring together specialists from around the world to develop new products or services or tackle a business challenge, are also increasingly becoming a feature of working life.  Of course, it may just be that a workplace dispute involves extremely busy people who are finding it difficult to co-ordinate diaries or free themselves up for mediation during normal working hours.

Online mediation can also be helpful in highly charged, emotional situations.  If an allegation of sexual harassment has been made, for example, the victim may feel intimidated by the perpetrator and reluctant to sit in the same room.  The same situation can apply in cases of bullying, particularly if the perpetrator is more senior and there is a power dynamic at play.

Put simply, conflict is complex. We understand that and we’re here to help you resolve it, no matter the situation.

FAQs

A Practical Guide to Resolution in the Workplace

David Liddle’s first book, Managing Conflict (CIPD/Kogan Page), provides a detailed overview of the mediation process. It includes numerous toolkits and checklists to help you embed mediation into your organisation. It also includes case studies from Tesco, Arcadia Group, The Metropolitan Police, Capgemini and many, many others.

“Managing Conflict is a well-structured and hugely practical insight into understanding, preventing and resolving workplace issues. From understanding mediation to positive psychology, David covers relevant topics in a thorough and accessible style, completing the book with an invaluable resource section.” -David D’Souza, Head of Engagement and London for CIPD & experienced HR/OD/Change Leader

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