Apr 17

What to do with the workplace investigation report? Balancing privacy and transparency

It is standard for workplace investigations to be documented in a written investigation report. There are many good reasons for doing so. A well-structured, logical and comprehensively written report will record: What the investigation process was, and in doing so demonstrates that it was a fair and rigorous process; The evidence that the investigator collected […]

Apr 03

What to do if you are experiencing toxic behaviour at work

Sadly, many of us have first-hand experience of toxic behavior in the workplace. In 2016 research by Dr Lindsay McMillan, 50% of respondents said they had experienced serious incidents of conflict or negative conduct at work,14% of workers described their workplace environment as ‘toxic’, while 20% had experienced major problems in communication with a co-worker or boss.  […]

Mar 27

Case Study: Why contradictory evidence is important in a workplace investigation

When conducting a workplace investigation, there is often pressure on an investigator to move quickly from allegation to findings. Some of these factors are entirely appropriate: a well-run, timely investigation without unexplained delays is key to minimising any potential harmful impacts on the participants in the investigation and the organisation as a whole. Sometimes though, […]

Mar 20

Workplace Staff Training: Terrific or Torturous?

We’ve all been there. Stuck in tedious, mandatory staff training sessions on appropriate workplace behaviour or organisational values, where everyone (including the trainer) is just going through the motions in order to tick off policy compliance. If you are the well-intentioned organiser of this type of training and have had your program roundly disparaged across […]

Mar 13

Investigating bullying in the staff room

This coming Friday is 2019 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). This year’s theme is Bullying. No Way! Take action every day. The program encourages schools and students to explore how they can take steps to minimise the impact of bullying on the school community. Whilst the primary focus of the National […]

Mar 06

How to Navigate a New Landscape for Workplace Complaints

Healthy organisations always want to hear from employees with a problem. Whether the problem is an ongoing personal gripe, an incidence of bullying or a case of suspected fraud, sensible management would much prefer to have the opportunity to address the issue in its earliest stages rather than let it fester and grow in potentially […]

Feb 13

The top 3 problems that keep managers awake at night – and how to fix them

Current studies suggest that most adults, ideally, should get between 7 and 9 hours of solid sleep per night. The cost of bad sleep has a real impact on the community, so much so that, the federal government recently launched a parliamentary enquiry into sleep health awareness. In today’s post, Grevis Beard shares his insights […]

Feb 06

Ensuring your organisation is whistleblower ready

It is unlikely you have not heard about the reforms to whistleblower legislation in Australia (more specifically the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2018) which has been widely spoken and written about in the media for some time now. The amendment is due to be approved by the House of Representatives during the […]

Jan 16

When and what to tell respondents about allegations against them…

It can be tricky working out what and when to tell a potential respondent about a complaint or allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against them, before a workplace investigation has commenced. First and foremost – health and safety! In considering how best to tackle any complaint, ensuring the health and safety of your employees is […]