Mediation of a single issue with a challenging history usually requires three to four hours. The issue can be a single grievance, or multiple complaints surrounding the same single concern.
Inter-linked, multiple issues can be undertaken simultaneously -- but take more time.
Unrelated, multiple issues are mediated separately -- same day or additional days.
Restarting stalled labor agreement negotiations requires varying amounts of time depending on complexity.
Regardless of the time needed, your agenda typically looks like this:
Introductions, identify non-participants impacted
Overview of the mediation process, risks of failure
Define the issue, set discussion limits with a problem statement
Identify common goals, interests
Brainstorm and define options, review objections
Link options to common goals and interests
Develop a solution statement
Discuss the value of a written agreement or memo of intention
Review participant commitments and conclude
At any time all participants are free to ask for a break or a caucus.