Mediators are facilitators, not advocatesBe prepared to give on some issues and be honest to ensure success in mediationBy Barbara Sharp10/19/2009|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/18/2009 The courts are becoming increasingly burdened with more cases than can reasonably be handled. Issues between parties are becoming more complex and, more than ever before, courts and tribunals try to determine if the parties in conflict have attempted mediation before they are allowed to present their case. Employers and employees, or unions, need to be ready and willing to embark on this joint process.Although the mediation process can solve the problem or conflict, success in mediation depends a lot on the parties’ understanding about the process and the purpose for the mediation.Mediators generally enter a mediation process by instantly trying to assess the parties and where the source of power is in the respective parties. This helps a mediator throughout the process when she needs to obtain support or agreement from one or the other group as they work towards a solution. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.