Increasingly, corporations recognize the value of a Program for managing workplace conflict that precludes litigation. These systems are designed by trained ADR consultants retained by the company on a contract basis. In order to implement such a Program, there must first be broad “buyin” from all segments of labor and management. Design consultants must therefore identify stakeholders. For a typical company, these will include management, the union, human resources, accounting, marketing, the in-house and outside legal teams, and the Board of Directors. A permanent Ombudsperson with perceived neutrality will act as Program director after the consultants leave.
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