Oct 09

What can science teach us about happiness at work?

Thinking about the emotional state of employees is not just ‘nice to have’, if you are seeking a productive, engaged and loyal workforce. Research proves that employee happiness is correlated with better goal achievement, performance and productivity. Inspired employees are twice as productive as satisfied employees, and three times more productive than dissatisfied employees (see […]

Sep 11

“Toughen Up Soldier!” – Can resilience be taught?

When we imagine resilience, various images come to mind. You might think of a mountain climber surviving despite freakish weather and equipment failure, or a person who has experienced significant disadvantage from a young age and who perseveres against the odds. Perhaps you imagine an army drill sergeant shouting insults at recruits to toughen them […]

Sep 04

The 12 dysfunctions that pull teams off track

It was Tolstoy who wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way“.  This observation is most adaptable when considering the myriad of workplace realities. Generally speaking, when workplace teams are working well and productively (hurrah!), there is not much differentiation within that cohort. Invariably, such teams will reflect and manifest, a culture of respect, accountability and support. […]

Aug 28

5 Common Problems with Drafting Allegations

A well drafted set of allegations forms the basis for a procedurally fair investigation – conversely a badly drafted set of allegations runs the risk of a procedurally unfair investigation. Allegations need to be drafted in clear and precise language, and be specific and descriptive, in order that findings of fact can be made. Allegations […]

Aug 21

How far can an employer Code of Conduct extend into their employees private lives?

The boundary between the private and professional is often the frontier of many ethical dilemmas in the workplace. The clash between the private interests of the employee versus the interests of the employer organisation can give rise to questions about the right thing to do and whose interests take precedence. Normally the private /public tension […]

Aug 14

All about ethical dilemmas – what they are and how to avoid them

Have you ever called in sick to stay home and binge watch your favourite series?? Have you ever heard a colleague address another colleague inappropriately and not commented? Have you ever “borrowed” supplies from the stationary cupboard and not gotten around to returning them? Have you ever been asked by your organisation to act unethically […]

Aug 07

Tips to avoid flawed workplace investigations

To ensure that an investigation leads to robust and defensible findings it must be based on procedural fairness. An investigation process is like a chain – it is only as strong as each step (or link), and requires all steps to be followed in order to ensure the investigation is procedurally fair. When a step […]