Oct 04

The 12 ingredients of an effective social media policy

Increasingly, social media is blurring the line between an employee’s work and private life, and between what is social and what is work-related. This poses both opportunities and risks to organisations. The upside is that your employees can use social media to amplify your brand, but the downside is the risk of damage to your […]

Sep 27

Why your organisation should add conflict coaching to its HR toolkit

At Worklogic, every day we see the bitter results of workplace conflict that has not been effectively managed. To avoid escalation, it is critical for employers to implement strategies to address workplace conflict as soon as it occurs. Conflict coaching is an under-utilised but very powerful tool to support conflict resolution at work. What is conflict […]

Sep 20

Are You OK? Wellbeing, Performance and Conduct of Employees with a Mental Illness

This month, the RUOK Day campaign prompted us at Worklogic to think again about mental health. The employers we work with are always well intentioned – they want to support their employees through anxiety and depression, as well as other illnesses and personal crises. But how should the employer respond when the employee’s mental illness […]

Sep 13

When is it appropriate to test employees for drug and alcohol use?

Australian employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace. However, must all employers have a drug and alcohol policy? And what if the employer offers, or encourages employees to consume alcohol within working hours or, within the scope of their position. Some employers provide free alcoholic drinks for all staff at work, or […]

Sep 06

Minimising the impact of workplace conflict on mental health

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable; there will be disagreements about workplace matters and there will be personality clashes. Where conflict is not well managed it can be damaging and certain types of conflict will always be damaging, such as bullying behaviour, discrimination, harassment and intimidation. Where conflict is left unresolved it can intensify and spread, affecting […]

Aug 30

How not to run a workplace investigation

For those who are fond of watching police dramas and legal shows, the term ‘investigation’ brings to mind police style interrogation, a relentless pursuit of ‘the truth’ and cases resolved on a ‘hunch’. In fact, a workplace investigation should be a formal process with a predominant emphasis on fair procedure, an enquiry into allegations of […]

Aug 23

Toxic at the Top: Can badly behaved managers and leaders be reformed?

At Worklogic we are commonly asked how to build a good workplace culture and ensure employees are accountable for their conduct at work… when senior leaders and managers are setting a bad example. Those responsible for setting and enforcing conduct standards for employees know that they are fighting an uphill battle when destructive behaviour is […]

Aug 09

The Benefits and Challenges of Anonymous Reports

Why the widespread under-reporting of poor behaviour in the workplace? Wherever an issue of inappropriate workplace behaviour arises, there is no question that most modern employers would want affected staff to ‘step up’ and report the matter so that it could be addressed according to the many laws and local policies written to ensure the […]

Aug 02

Bullying Update: What is ‘Reasonable’ in Performance Management?

Do you recognise this scenario? Consider this familiar workplace scenario: an employee is underperforming and guidance provided in their annual review has not improved matters. Their manager is duty bound to commence a more focussed program of workplace performance management. All too often, the employee takes exception to this, considers the process unfair micro-management and […]