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 […]

Jul 26

10 Hopes For The Next 10 Years

1. Instead of assuming that ‘interpersonal problems’ within teams will disappear, we take responsibility for addressing problems early. When employers provide support for proactive interventions to build team’s own ability to solve problems and cooperate, it pays off in the long run. 2. Flexibility of working hours and location is the norm, wherever feasible, rather […]

Jul 19

A decade in business leadership

Looking back over the last decade of business and institutional leadership, there is some hope but much to lament. At Worklogic, we’re optimistic realists – we see opportunities for leadership development and values improvement everywhere… Challenges and Disappointments Thinking back to 2007, this was the decade that began with uncontrolled banking misconduct leading to institutional […]

Jul 12

Top 10 Misconduct Cases

In this week’s blog post – part of our celebration of Worklogic’s 10th anniversary – Worklogic Associate Director Jason Clark looks back at some notable misconduct cases over the last 10 years. Some cases are noteworthy because of the new obligations they imposed on employers, or because they developed our understanding of key concepts like […]