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ADR for Workplace Disputes

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ADR for Workplace Disputes

 

VA is committed to providing a work environment that enables VA employees to deliver quality care and services to our Nation’s veterans and their beneficiaries. To accomplish this, employees must have access to effective and efficient mechanisms for managing conflict and resolving workplace disputes. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a valuable resource in managing conflict and resolving disputes. ADR processes, such as mediation, further VA’s core values, including open communication and respect in the workplace.

 

How do I request ADR?

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VA and non-VA facilitators and mediators are available to assist employees and managers in resolving workplace disputes.  Trained facilitators use techniques to improve the flow of information in meetings, with groups in conflict, and with individuals in conflict. Mediators sit down with the individuals in conflict and assist them in discussing the employment relationship, some of the issues that have arisen which are underlying the dispute, and explore mutually acceptable ways to resolve those issues.

If an employee, manager, or organization is experiencing unproductive conflict and is interested in using facilitation or mediation to address the issue(s), the individual should contact their local ADR coordinator or the VA Workplace ADR Program.  The ADR coordinator can provide information on available options, assist in identifying who should participate in the process, determine if the individuals involved in the dispute are willing to mediate, and if so, obtain the facilitator/mediator, schedule the session, and see the process through to completion.