We recently surveyed our family mediation and parenting coordination clients.
Too often we are focused on the day-to-day pressures and challenges of each file. We don’t take enough time to ask “how did I do?” or to say “thank you!”
The results were both rewarding and informative. Here is a summary of what our clients had to say about our services.
What have you liked best about working with Riverdale Mediation?
Our clients liked our commitment to professionalism, our speedy response times, and the fact that our team is highly qualified.
Several commented on how they appreciated the highly structured nature of our mediation and PC processes, and our candid, patient and calm approach.
Fairness, politeness, and accuracy in written reports was appreciated. And our clients value kindness in the professional with whom they work.
What have you liked least about our services?
Clients who struggled with the scheduling and payments systems found that frustrating. Several found the process more expensive than they had expected. And if the client felt that their important concerns were overlooked, they felt less satisfied with the experience.
What suggestions for improvement would you make to your mediator or PC?
Clients made it clear that they are looking for empathy, support and clear information about what to expect. They do not want to feel pressured.
Clients are highly sensitive to even a whiff of bias. And they do not want to feel that the process is being hijacked by the other party.
What advice would you have for the other party to make the process more effective for you both?
Clients wanted the other party to focus more on solutions and less on complaints. They wanted the other party to listen to their concerns, and to communicate. “Be kind” was a theme from several respondents.
Some great quotes:
“I would highly recommend your services to other clients”.
“Go here before you lawyer up”.
“A high degree of professionalism is especially important given the nature of family and divorce-related issues.”
“I liked the patience and calm manner, and commitment to making sure we were both heard and did not make a decision until then.”
“The Professional I spoke to was very understanding and exceeded my expectations!”
We are grateful to our clients for all their feedback. We will take your comments up together and implement as many of your suggestions as we can!