Nov 28

‘Tis the season to be jolly?’

December is upon us again. It’s the time of year when employees can feel mixed emotions and significant pressures. On the one hand, there is the prospect of a well-earned long break, possibly involving white beaches, reading and ‘kicking back’. On the other hand, the impending holiday season is often accompanied by pressures to meet […]

Nov 21

How to manage office gossip during a workplace investigation

Having a light-hearted chat with your colleagues can be one of the best parts of going to work. A positive workplace culture encourages colleagues to interact in a friendly way as this helps with communication and building relationships at work, as well as making work enjoyable for everyone. Why gossip? Gossip, defined as negative speculation around […]

Nov 14

How to manage the risks associated with power imbalances at work

In the investigations of misconduct that we conduct at Worklogic, we often see power being misused in the workplace. People in powerful positions – thanks to their position in the hierarchy, links with the union or the founders, their ‘talent’ as rainmakers or apparently irreplaceable skills -sometimes let the power go to their heads .  They […]

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 […]

Sep 12

Dealing with a Toxic Co-Worker: 5 Ways to Keep your Sanity, Values and Focus at Work

Given that the average full-time worker spends more than one third of their waking hours at work, your experiences in the workplace have a big impact on your overall enjoyment of life. Unfortunately, experiencing toxic behaviour in the workplace is quite common. In 2016 research by Dr Lindsay McMillan, 14% of Australian workers described their […]

Sep 05

Poor email communication leads to successful bullying claim

It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it – the importance of delivering feedback in a reasonable manner My mother always told me not to put something in writing that I wouldn’t mind someone else picking up and reading. It’s similar to the “front page of the newspaper test” – that is, would […]