The objective of this mode – to find the minimum acceptable result for both sides. The essence of this style is that the parties to the conflict are trying to find options for reconciliation, paying attention to the interests of both sides, making concessions and seek to address the needs of all. This strategy is close to cooperation strategies, but is carried out on a more superficial level. This strategy is useful in the event that the interests of the parties are important for them, and mutual concessions are not critical. In cases where both sides win, they are more likely to follow the decisions, as they suit them, and they took part in resolving the conflict.
When using this strategy, one should take into account one's own ability to explain their solution, to listen to the other side, to restrain one's own emotions. Lack of any of these factors makes this behavior mode inefficient. In addition, it usually takes more time and resources, and can lead to a new conflict, as each side believes that for their part they sacrificed more. It is worth noting that if a compromise was reached without a thorough analysis of other possible solutions, it can be, by far, not the most optimal outcome of a conflict situation.
Compromising mode should be used:
If the both parties possess equally grounded arguments and equal power;
Granting the desire of either party is not of crucial importance for it;
Temporary solution is possible, as there's no time to look for other, or other approaches to the problem proven inefficient;
Compromising will allow to keep something, rather than losing everything.