Dec 14

Why having difficult conversations is essential for a healthy workplace (and how to have them)

With summer holidays just around the corner and a long list of things to get done before the Christmas break, it can be tempting to put off tough conversations with your staff until next year, like those tacky decorations we hide at the back of the Christmas tree. Maybe one of your team members has […]

Dec 07

When mediation is the right approach to resolving workplace conflict

There’s usually a sense of urgency surrounding these issues and a quick turnaround is required. Worklogic gets involved in these matters when there is a sense that independent, impartial, external and specialised assistance is required to help those involved to resolve the issues that have arisen between them. In this kind of situation, workplace mediation […]

Nov 30

8 questions to check how robust your employment policies are

Maintaining usability, coherence and comprehensiveness of an organisation’s employment and HR policies and procedures should be an ongoing job for all employers. In our experience however, too often these policies are not sufficiently comprehensive – and once they are completed, they are forgotten or poorly implemented. Neglecting your policies poses a significant risk for your […]

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 […]

Nov 02

5 tips for effective induction to mitigate workplace risks – lessons from local government

I have recently sent off my ballot in my local council elections and the results of council elections all over Victoria have now been determined. Hundreds of councillors are now taking up their positions on local councils, some for the very first time. The challenge facing local government chief executives and their delegated staff is […]

Oct 26

4 questions to ask before appointing an external workplace investigator

Workplace investigations can be costly, time-consuming and difficult matters and, if not well managed, can lead to significant management, legal and/or reputational problems for an organisation. There are numerous reasons why it may be advisable to appoint an external investigator rather than to deal with the matter internally, particularly when the matter is complex, sensitive […]

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 […]

Oct 12

Managing expectations during an external workplace investigation

Investigations by independent, external workplace investigators are increasingly common in Australian workplaces. The need for an external investigation particularly arises in circumstances where a complaint is complex, multi-faceted, sensitive, messy or “political”. For this reason, external investigations can tend to take longer than initially envisaged. The inherent risk associated with the behaviour that instigated the […]