Feb 21

6 of the Best Self-Care Tips for Investigators

Interviewing staff who are traumatised, emotionally distressed or highly resistant to your process, takes a toll on the impartial investigator. Analysing evidence and defending your impartial findings can also be draining, and lonely, when subtle or overt pressures are brought to bear on your professionalism, or your conclusions. Effective investigators should exercise self-care to remain […]

Feb 14

Managing Workplace Romances

Workplace romances are once again in the news thanks to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce, MP. Whatever you think of the reporting on Barnaby Joyce’s relationship and pending parenthood with a former staff member, it is clear that the issue of romantic relationships at work is not going to go away. Last week, […]

Feb 07

3 Tips for Investigating Suspected Fraud

With any investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct, it is imperative that the investigator maintains a neutral and objective approach, and does not make “cut corners” in the investigation process. Following the proper procedurally fair process will not only ensure that your investigation is beyond unfounded criticism, it will also mean that you are being […]

Jan 31

Investigation Interviews – cases on what not to do!

Unless a workplace investigation is to be conducted purely “on the papers”, the investigator will need to undertake interviews in order to gather relevant evidence for later analysis. But interviewing well is easier said than done! It is a skill that certainly is backed by theory and methodology, but is then best further learned, honed […]

Jan 24

Having conversations that reflect our culture on Australia Day

Over the last week or so, there have been a number of high-profile individuals, including politicians and social commentators, as well as a number of Australians generally, publicly arguing either for or against the relocation of Australia Day to a date other than 26 January. The topic appears to be garnering particularly more attention this […]

Jan 17

12 Point Checklist for Briefing an External Investigator

“To outsource or not to outsource an investigation…” That is often the question HR professionals and senior managers are faced with when needing to conduct an investigation into serious misconduct at work.  Factors of time, risk and cost will all influence this decision (see our related blog post “Warning Indicators – When to Conduct an External Investigation” […]

Jan 10

Embracing Moral Courage in 2018!

I was recently asked what Worklogic would like to see more of in 2018 – and my answer was “moral courage“.  This is something that can be easier said than done – but you can never have too much of it.  Wherever you work, and whatever your role in 2018, let’s be brave (or braver) in standing […]

Dec 20

Oh Come All Ye Faithful: Encouraging Inclusion during the Holiday Season(s)

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a significant proportion of Australians (52%) report that they are Christian, with Islam (2.6%) and Buddhism (2.4%) the next most common religions. The ABS reports that Australia is increasingly diverse in terms of religion, with Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Buddhism all increasingly common religious beliefs. Meanwhile, while nearly […]

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 […]