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Mar 15

Blowing the whistle on misconduct and inappropriate behaviour at work

In recent years, we have seen a number of high profile cases of corruption in the public sector – ranging from the expenses scandals that have plagued political life to misuse of public monies in the education sector. In this post, we discuss how to create a supportive culture for whistleblowing on misconduct and imappropriate behaviour […]

Mar 08

Common problems with workplace investigations

In this post, we discuss common problems with workplace investigations and how to address them. I was recently out with friends and someone I had just met asked me what I did for work. Being a proud Worklogician, I told him that, among other things, I conducted workplace investigations for a range of organisations. While […]

Mar 01

The cross-over between workplace bullying & sexual harassment

I recently presented Worklogic’s first lunchtime webinar, discussing the cross-over between workplace bullying and sexual harassment, recent cases and the key lessons for managers keen to mitigate against this type of people risk. You can watch this webinar on-demand for free if you missed it! There were five key takeaways from this session: Inappropriate behaviour can […]

Feb 08

Bullying and sexual harassment: a current snapshot

Remember back in 2014 there were predictions of the floodgates being opened, as victims of bullying rushed to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to have stop-bullying orders made.  When planning for their new anti-bullying jurisdiction, FWC models assumed there would be 3000 claims per year. Many scoffed and said that there would be many more. Instead, the […]

Nov 16

Taking disciplinary action after workplace investigations: don’t drop the ball before the finish line!

In this post, we highlight a hidden risk for both investigators of workplace allegations and HR professionals involved in any disciplinary decisions following an investigation, where additional evidence contributes to the decision to terminate employment. In these situations, employers must provide the this additional information – either as separate allegations, or as relevant evidence – […]

Nov 09

Why you need to triage workplace complaints before taking action

HR professionals and managers are always aware of the legal obligations of employers to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees. In this environment, when you become aware of an employee complaint, the inclination is to immediately “take action”. However, a recent decision of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission highlights why it is […]

Oct 19

Zero tolerance for sexually derogatory comments at work

The US Republican Presidential candidate’s recent comments regarding his attitudes and behaviour towards women are utterly appalling. In response to universal condemnation, Donald Trump has attempted to justify his behaviour by saying, amongst other things, that it was “locker-room talk”. This attempted justification appears to refer to some implicit rule that when men are in […]

Sep 07

7 Steps to ensure sexual harassment can’t fester in your workplace

Alarming reports of the ongoing prevalence of sexual harassment in employment continue to emerge over 30 years after sexual harassment in employment was first outlawed in Australia. In August an independent review into workplace culture within the Australian Federal Police “Cultural Change: Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Australian Federal Police”, conducted by Elizabeth Broderick, […]

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