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Real Comments by Real People About ADR
Employees & managers give the ADR Program a lot of positive comments. These
are real comments from real mediation participants:
COMMANDER OF NAVSEA ENCOURAGES THE USE OF ADR
In a recent All Hands Message to the Naval Sea Systems Command, VADM Paul Sullivan
“In 1999, the Navy developed the ADR program, designed to increase informal
resolution of workplace grievances. It was also designed to enhance team building
and communication between managers and employees. Navy wide, in 2007 we achieved
a 77 percent resolution rate for the 500 workplace cases that entered the ADR process.
Our employees and managers at NAVSEA also participate in ADR. This is extremely
important to us because workplace conflicts can sometimes be complex, and can drain
focus and energy from the work we need to do. I look upon resolution, especially
the resolution that involves both parties developing a newfound respect for each
other, as a force multiplier. In my view, ADR is a way to build a stronger NAVSEA.
I congratulate our entire NAVSEA workforce for participation in ADR during 2007
and ask that we consider ADR to be a valuable and effective tool in resolving workplace
conflicts. I think it is VERY important to get disputes resolved quickly, move on
with dignity, and keep us working as a team. I offer to you that a 77 percent success
rate is pretty good odds. If you are in a tough situation, give it a try, please.
The DON ADR Program appreciates VADM Sullivan’s message, and encourages ALL
commands in the DON, not just NAVSEA, to use ADR “to the maximum extent.”
See SECNAVINST 5800.13A.
OMBUDSMAN FOR RESERVISTS AND THEIR CIVILIAN EMPLOYERS
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERA) defines employment
rights of reservists and National Guard Members. Trained volunteers and the Ombudsmen
Services national staff are available to promptly respond to inquiries and conflicts
presented by employees or employers. To learn more, visit their website. Notably, more than 95 percent of all such requests
for assistance are resolved in this informal process.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION TRAINING
The United States Institute of Environmental Conflict Resolution offers open training sessions
at various locations throughout the year.
DON AGENCY-LEVEL ACQUISITION DISPUTE MEDIATION
The DON ADR Program Office now offers another, less formal ADR option to consider:
REVISED DON ADR POLICY ISSUED
A new Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST
5800.13A, "Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Policy and Mission of the DON
ADR Program Office, "22 Dec 2005.") was signed on December
22, 2005. The new instruction retains the basic DON ADR policy to use ADR to the
maximum extent practicable. It also provides additional guidance on confidentiality,
the use of ADR agreements, and binding arbitration. It also:
- Defines the mission of the DON ADR Program Office.
- Requires shore commands at the Echelon I and II levels to appoint an Activity Dispute
Resolution Specialist (ADRS)
- Eliminates the requirement of implementing instructions
- Requires coordination of ADR initiatives with the DON ADR Program.
Commands seeking further information, and details on the role of the ADRS should
send an email
to the program.
DON-USIECR PARTNERSHIP - GET ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIATION OR FACILITATION FAST
The United States Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (USIECR), a small
federal agency, helps other federal agencies and interested parties resolve environmental,
natural resource and public lands conflicts. The DON successfully used the institute's
services in the past (see AnacostiaMediation.doc
), and the DON ADR Program is please to announce a new interagency agreement that
will allow Navy and Marine Corps activities to get a high quality mediator or facilitator
FAST. The agreement also provides training and case assessment services. Since DON
ADR Program has partially FUNDED the agreement, the institute can get to work on
your project immediately!