The Employee & Management Relations (E&MR) Office provides the Facilitated Conversations Program to encourage supervisors and employees to work together to resolve their differences. The University values open and respectful communication among supervisors and employees, and through this program the University provides a venue for parties to talk freely and openly about their needs, interests, opinions, and point of view while addressing mutual concerns.
A facilitated conversation is a structured conversation with two or more university employees, managers, or both, designed to help parties find acceptable solutions regarding a communication or work issue. E&MR assigns trained University employees for all facilitated conversations.
The Facilitated Conversations Program is available to all university employees for addressing workplace issues.
- If an employee requests a facilitated conversation, then all parties involved must agree to participate in order for the facilitated conversation to occur.
- If a supervisor requests a facilitated conversation for one or more employees (with or without the presence of management), the employees are required to participate.
The requesting party must submit a completed Facilitated Conversation Request Form to the E&MR Office indicating the nature of the issue, desired outcome and list all parties involved. If the request is accepted (if applicable), E&MR will contact all parties to schedule the meeting, generally within two weeks of the request. Due to the nature of the matter, some facilitation sessions may require more than one meeting.
E&MR will provide a summary of the facilitated session to the parties involved upon request.
Additional Campus Programs
- The University Ombuds Office provides its own mediation and conflict resolution program.
- OHR’s Organization & Professional Development unit works with campus managers to provide coaching and organization development programs for University organizational groups.
- The Employee Assistance Program provides confidential consultation for both work-related and non-work issues.