May 15th | 2018
Workplace Mediators for Exit Interviews
Mediation is not just a useful tool for workplace relationships; it can also can be a great tool to use for exit arrangements.
Now that all lump sum payments in lieu of notice or as compensation are taxable, we are thinking more about the options available to employers for achieving successful exit.
When an employee is leaving under difficult circumstances many organisations are aware that it is good practice to hold an exit interview, and to negotiate some specific arrangements, often referred to as a leaving package. Negotiating the specific deal by email and letter, consulting with HR advisers and possibly lawyers, can take up valuable time, and be a considerable cost to the business. It can be a particular burden to a small or medium businesses who might have less practice at handling such events. It can also present extraordinary and unexpected emotional demands. It is often emotions which lead employers and employees alike to seek the protection of employment law and policies at such times. In other situations where there has been less conflict, the exit interviews can be brief and rushed.
We have recently managed a successful Mediation to assist with an employee exit. We heard that it was invaluable to have an external mediator to help both parties reflect on the circumstances which led up to the employee leaving. The relief displayed at the outcome which led to the employee leaving on terms acceptable to all, and to plan an effective handover led to a very fulfilling day’s work.
Making more use of external mediators can support you in the work of mending difficult relationships at work and also in closing some off in the best way possible.