At the end of the mediation session (or sessions) the parties (and likely their bosses) will be faced with a number of possible outcomes. The most positive of these will be resolution of the issues before them and the drafting of an action plan, and/or set of protocols, governing the next steps of the relationship.
The negative outcome would be an agreement between the parties that the differences are irreconcilable and the action plan will be to take steps to disengage and make some separation arrangements either within the employer or exiting the employer. This may require subsequent ‘mediation’ or guided discussion
Other ‘in-between’ outcomes are possible. The parties may feel they have made progress but need more time to work on a solutions and actions; they may feel the need for further assistance in this dialogue or they may judge that they can proceed on their own.