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Oct 10

A Culture of Sexual Harassment at Work

Like many people, I currently open the newspaper with a sense of dread, wondering what new bad things will have happened overnght.  Last week, there were media reports that the Former Chair of the ABC Board often referred to women at work as ‘chicks’ or ‘babes’. This week, we have Alan Jones’ shockingly disrespectful and threatening […]

Oct 03

Rose and Grevis talk business with Alan Kohler

  Australian finance and business commentator Alan Kohler has a terrific business podcast featuring short, sharp interviews with business leaders. Next time you are flying Qantas, you can also pick up episodes on their inflight Qantas Radio. He recently interviewed Worklogic’s founding directors, Grevis Beard and Rose Bryant-Smith. The interview is informative and entertaining – well worth […]

Sep 26

Bullying and the Gig Economy

Like many people, I welcomed Uber with open arms as an alternative to taxis. I love opening an app on my phone and having delicious restaurant food delivered to my door, like magic, 20 minutes later, or the possibility that I might find someone online who can come and put up those bookshelves that I […]

Sep 19

Who should conduct an external investigation into workplace complaints?

Last week, at the annual conference of the Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators, there were some interesting and robust discussions in relation to the ethics that should be adhered to by independent investigators when they are investigating a complaint in the workplace. The role of an independent investigator There was a firm view that the […]

Aug 01

Why you can’t afford to ignore bad behaviour in the workplace

Bad behaviour and conflict are common in Australian workplaces. In a major 2016 survey, 14% of Australian workers described their workplace environment as ‘toxic’, 20% had experienced major problems in communication with a co-worker or boss, and 50% reported that they have experienced one or more serious incidents of conflict or other negative conduct at […]

Jul 25

Evolving approaches to managing workplace conflict

Eleven years on from 2007, when we first started Worklogic, it is interesting to reflect on what the evolving approaches to managing workplace conflict and complaints. 1. Workplace Investigation remains the key tool for serious allegations A solidly conducted workplace investigation has been, is, and always will be a fundamentally important response when allegations of […]

Jul 11

How to respond to a vexatious complaint

In previous blog posts we have explored the issue of vexatious complaints, and provided some key principles that should guide your approach as an employer in such situations. The recent case of Ms Linda Hanrick v Meridian Lawyers [2018] FWC 3256, decided on 5 June 2018, explored this issue, and offers a fresh example for […]

Jul 04

Recording Work Conversations

Secret recordings of conversations at work are becoming increasingly common.  As mobile phones become ubiquitous, the ability to record a conversation in the workplace becomes as easy as a button discreetly pushed in a pocket or handbag. In the context of workplace conflict, where they can be presented by employees as supporting evidence for an […]

Jun 27

Employer best-practice in preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

As you may know, the latest impact of our current post-Weinstein awareness of sexual harassment has been the announcement last week by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, of a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. It was interesting to note that Commissioner Jenkins specifically identified that “the global conversation about sexual harassment […]

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