Jun 27

Employer best-practice in preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

As you may know, the latest impact of our current post-Weinstein awareness of sexual harassment has been the announcement last week by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, of a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. It was interesting to note that Commissioner Jenkins specifically identified that “the global conversation about sexual harassment […]

Jun 20

Exceptions to procedural fairness principles when conducting a workplace investigation

There are certain key principles of procedural fairness which need to apply when conducting an workplace investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour at work. These include these two key rules: 1. The individual who is the subject of alleged misconduct has the opportunity to respond to specific allegations 2. Individuals have an opportunity to respond […]

Jun 13

How to reduce the risk of elder abuse

The United Nations has designated 15 June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The objective of WEAAD is to raise awareness and to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders and how best to reduce incidents of abuse of elders, increase reporting of such abuse, and to […]

Jun 06

Protecting Workplace Disclosures

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has raised many questions for organisations across Australia about preventing unethical conduct: What prevents people speaking up when they become aware of misconduct? What protections does my organisation have in place to prevent a culture of normalised misconduct developing? Are people in […]

May 30

The potential dangers of instant messaging at work

Employers are embracing instant messaging platforms as a tool towards cultivating an engaging workplace culture which values collaboration and open communication. When used correctly, instant messaging platforms in the workplace can be a very effective communication tool for employees. Today, staff at many organisations – particularly those with multiple or international sites – often utilise […]

May 23

The Five Keys to Happiness and Engagement at Work (Part Two)

In Part One of this blog post, we considered the experiences that commonly build feelings of pride, fulfilment and satisfaction at work, reflected on the impact of technology on communication and connection and discussed the importance of happiness and engagement to building and sustaining a productive, engaged and loyal workforce. So, how do we achieve this? The Five […]

May 16

The Five Keys to Happiness and Engagement at Work (Part One)

In our recent webinar, Increasing Happiness and Engagement at Work*, we asked the questions: When have you felt the most proud, fulfilled and satisfied at work? What factors contributed to those feelings? The webinar attendees’ responses included: Achieving as a team, all working as one. So proud. Little things. I was able to help a colleague who was […]

May 09

A failure to investigate can be bullying: Lessons in triaging employee complaints

The recent anti-bullying order in the Fair Work Commission matter of Watts v Ramsay Health Care serves as a timely reminder of importance of ensuring that as managers and Human Resource professionals, you understand the requirements and purpose of your Bullying and Harassment policies. Specifically, it highlights that poor management decisions, in this case, the […]

May 02

Procedural Fairness and Interviewing

Over the last few months, I have had the opportunity to speak to various HR membership groups about workplace investigations, and, in particular, how to maintain procedural fairness. One of the questions I am frequently asked is: “In what order should I interview the participants, and why?” Procedural Fairness Recap At Worklogic, we take into […]

Apr 26

Reducing bullying, discrimination and harassment of young workers in Australia

“World Day for Safety and Health at Work” is an annual international campaign which promotes safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April each year. In 2018, the focus is on highlighting the critical importance of addressing the challenges that exist for improving the safety and health for young workers aged between […]