Mediation is a procedure for resolving conflicts of all kinds. Mediation makes it possible for the parties to work out a solution to their conflict on their own responsibility. In this way, court proceedings, which cost time, money and nerves and often completely harden the fronts, can be avoided. Ongoing court disputes are put on hold during mediation, so that mediation is still an alternative to court proceedings at this stage. The number of parties to the conflict is arbitrary and varies depending on the conflict between one party and entire workforces, e.g. in the case of conflicts within a company. Solutions worked out in mediation are often more satisfactory for all parties involved and regularly more sustainable than a decision made by a third party.
The mediation process is voluntary and confidential.
The mediator offers the parties a procedure and ways in which they can work through the conflict on their own responsibility under his or her guidance and develop solution models. The mediator does not decide the conflict. The solution is ultimately worked out by the conflict parties alone. Mediation is not about being proven right, but about finding a fair solution for the conflict parties that takes all their interests into account. A possible question of guilt, as in court proceedings, is not the focus of mediation. Instead, important aspects of mediation are
– the mutual exchange between the parties about the background of the conflict,
– the elaboration and consideration of the interests of the parties to the conflict,
– the uncovering and resolution of hidden conflicts,
– the possibility of an unbureaucratic and flexible procedure,
– the reduction of procedural costs and conflict costs.
The result of a mediation is set down in writing in a final agreement and is binding for all parties.
Dr. Klaus Krebs completed his training as a mediator at the Constance School of Mediation. If you have any questions about the procedure and whether a particular conflict is suitable for mediation, please contact Dr. Krebs. Such a possibility also exists, of course, for employers or associations who – without themselves being direct parties to the conflict – would like to resolve a conflict within their company with the help of mediation.
After a preliminary discussion, the mediation usually takes place in meetings lasting 1 to 1 ½ hours in a specially equipped room at Hauptstrasse 333 in 79576 Weil am Rhein. In special constellations, such as conflicts within a company, mediation can take place on the company’s premises, but also in external premises such as the rented conference room of a hotel. Remuneration is based on hourly rates or on a daily or multi-day flat rate and is usually shared equally by the parties to the conflict.