Dec 13

Mobbing: When bullying becomes a group activity

It’s a truism that employees are going to be offended by different things. Each of us has a distinct set of sensibilities, shaped by culture, disposition and individual experience. For this reason, it sometimes seems that your bullying is not my bullying. Without investigating the sequence of behaviours that sometimes coalesces for a complainant with […]

Dec 06

What to do if you receive historic allegations of sexual assault

It seems that the news media has been awash with revelations of alleged sexual harassment by various famous, now infamous, faces. Sadly, allegations of this type of behaviour are not new to Australian workplaces, however, the current cases provide a timely reminder to think about how you should and would deal with an historical complaint […]

Nov 29

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey result and the implications for your workplace

Four months later, approximately $100 million dollars expended, and the results of the same-sex marriage voluntary postal survey are finally in – a resounding YES. Unfortunately, the greater “national conversation” on this issue has had a negative impact on some gay and lesbian Australians. Increased levels of anxiety and stress have been reported. The national […]

Nov 22

White Ribbon Day: Stopping Violence Against Women

It’s White Ribbon Day this Saturday 25 November, a time which provides an important opportunity for organisations to reflect on how they can actively work towards the prevention and elimination of violence against women, as well as how to support those who are affected by it. The day is scheduled to coincide with the UN […]

Nov 15

Surviving the Silly Season

Somehow, it’s November already. Many people are tired, and stressed about fast-approaching deadlines, as organisations endeavour to get everything done before Christmas. They’re looking forward to a break, but maybe not to the looming madness of functions, big-ticket spending and hosting extended family. With these heightened pressures in mind, it is well worth turning our […]

Nov 08

Managing Electronic Evidence

At Worklogic we conduct workplace investigations into a range of alleged misconduct. Everything from bullying to sexual misconduct, misuse of drugs and fraud. In general, most investigations present the same types of evidence: verbal and documentary. Increasingly though workplace investigations are becoming more complex, and a third type of evidence is coming to the fore—electronic […]

Nov 01

3 issues to consider when an employee criticises your organisation on social media

The release and changing popularity of social media platforms and smartphone apps which enable social interaction are incredibly rapid.  There is no end to the means by which employees can communicate with each other and with the outside world… which means there is no end to the online platforms on which employees can criticise their […]

Oct 25

Is performance management dead?

There has been a bit of press excitement of late announcing that performance management is no longer in fashion with cutting edge organisations. I must say that surprised me somewhat, since it is difficult to imagine how any organisation that wants to stay in business could not be interested in the performance of its staff. […]

Oct 18

How to respond when a critical incident occurs in your organisation

Unfortunately, from time to time, organisations can be faced with unexpected and possibly traumatic incidents. These may be events like the death of a client in a residential facility or at a recreational site; the suicide of a staff member; or a significant workplace accident or near-miss. Your staff will likely feel shocked, shaken and […]

Oct 11

3 tips to avoid common traps when conducting internal investigations

Let’s say you are an HR Business partner who has received a workplace complaint of bullying. After carefully considering your options in response, you have decided that a workplace investigation is the right option. You have also considered whether an external investigator is needed, and decided that it can be done internally.  Before you launch in, however, […]