Nov 15

Surviving the Silly Season

Somehow, it’s November already. Many people are tired, and stressed about fast-approaching deadlines, as organisations endeavour to get everything done before Christmas. They’re looking forward to a break, but maybe not to the looming madness of functions, big-ticket spending and hosting extended family. With these heightened pressures in mind, it is well worth turning our […]

Oct 18

How to respond when a critical incident occurs in your organisation

Unfortunately, from time to time, organisations can be faced with unexpected and possibly traumatic incidents. These may be events like the death of a client in a residential facility or at a recreational site; the suicide of a staff member; or a significant workplace accident or near-miss. Your staff will likely feel shocked, shaken and […]

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 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 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 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 […]

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