Alternative Dispute Resolution - Unbiased Ways to Resolve Disputes Efficiently

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Unbiased Ways to Resolve Disputes Efficiently

Disputes in the workplace are quite common! But ignoring them only makes things worse. Disputes can deteriorate and could eventually lead to litigation. A preventative approach is to consider Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques. ADR techniques can be used for resolving all types of matters that include workplace disputes, family disputes and other areas of conflict.

ADR techniques involve an unbiased third party who helps the conflicting parties to communicate, discuss their differences, understand each other's perspectives and resolve the dispute. These methods help individuals and groups to cooperate, and makes the process of dispute resolution less hostile. ADR includes both arbitration and mediation. In arbitration a d third party make the decision. In mediation, the parties make all of the decisions. The focus here is on mediation.

Benefits of Using ADR Techniques

Here are some of the benefits of ADR

Consumes Less Time

With ADR methods, the disputes are resolved in a relatively short period as compared to the legal methods that take a few months to years for the resolution. With the ADR process, participants can work with each other in the presence of an unbiased third party.


ADR Methods save considerable cost as compared to litigation. It also saves considerable time with timely closure.  It also saves resources considering opportunities lost, mental and physical toil on participants, and the cost of other resources.

An Informal Way

With conventional dispute resolution in the courts, there are numerous legal technicalities that are followed which makes it difficult for participants to express themselves freely and to be heard. In the case of ADR, informal techniques are applied for resolving disputes, allowing people to express their perspectives freely and reveal their perception of the facts without any fear of disclosure in the court.

Efficient Technique

With ADR, there are always chances of restoring relationships as the conflicting parties discuss their issues freely with each other. It helps in preventing conflicts further, hence there is the potential for  good relationships between the parties while preserving the interests of both parties.

When considering alternative dispute resolution techniques, mediation offers the best and most efficient solution. Mediation involves a neutral third party called the mediator, whose aim is to assist the conflicting parties in reaching an agreement that is in  the best interest of both parties. The dispute resolution process is an easy and uncomplicated negotiation process where the mediator uses proper communication and negotiation techniques to help the parties to resolve the issues amicably. In this process, a mutually beneficial conclusion is drawn at the end satisfying both parties equitably.

At Michael Gregory Consulting LLC, Mike makes the dispute resolution process smoother base on his years of experience in mediation and many experiences in management. With over 30 years of experience in the field, Mike has the experience and insight to help the parties in an unbiased and professional manner.

If you too want to resolve your workplace disputes without the cost and time needed of going to court, contact Michael Gregory today on (651) 633-5311. You can also  visit his website to learn more about his work.

About the author

Mike Gregory is a professional speaker, an author, and a mediator. You may contact Mike directly at and at (651) 633-5311. Mike has written 12 books (and co-authored two others) including his latest book, The Collaboration Effect: Overcoming Your Conflicts, and The Servant Manager, Business Valuations and the IRS, and Peaceful Resolutions that you may find helpful. [Michael Gregory, ASA, CVA, MBA, Qualified Mediator with the Minnesota Supreme Court]