Sexual Harassment, Misconduct and Interpersonal Boundaries

The workplace is a complex dynamic, and central to the that is interpersonal relationships created in or because of them.  Difficulties emerge in workplaces where interpersonal interest, intentions and boundaries do not align.  This can manifest in uncomfortable exchanges, people feeling left out or excluded, bullying behaviour, and unfortunately, at the more serious end of […]

Workplace Conflict That Is Not Bullying?

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) in Australia recently heard the case of McEwan and Comcare (Compensation). Notably, the tribunal denied claims that persistent disagreements between an employee and his managers constituted workplace bullying and harassment. In June 2022, Senior Member Dr Alexander rejected claims that ongoing workplace disagreements led to a diagnosis of depression and […]

Sexual Harassment Investigations In The Workplace

In late 2021, amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 took effect which provide that sexual harassment at work is a form of serious misconduct and can be a valid reason for dismissal. An employee who has committed serious misconduct can be dismissed without notice. It is essential however that the proper process is followed. […]

Investigation in the Workplace – 4 Words of Concern

In conducting workplace investigations, coaching and conflict resolution in the workplace, I have found that there are 4 words which I hear repeatedly, when I am called in to resolve a workplace conflict, coach an employee on problem behaviours, or determine if an employee has been bullied or harassed. These are 4 words that you […]

Sexual harassment in the Hotel Industry

In 2017 the USA Time Magazine awarded its ‘Person of the Year’ to ‘The Silence Breakers’ –women who have come forward to break the silence about sexual harassment and sexual violence. You may have heard about the Hollywood actresses such as Ashley Judd, Selma Blair and Alyssa Milano, who went public about sexual assaults and […]

How to deal with an underperforming coworker

One of my coworkers is underperforming, which creates more work for me. I give him feedback and he gets defensive. I then get frustrated and nothing changes. Firstly, why is he underperforming and is this a new development? As his manager, you need to check that there is not some serious issue present. Ask him […]

Motivating Your Team in a Post Lockdown World

As we return to the office after lockdown, are you nervous about reconnecting with your team? Are you feeling exhausted, disengaged and worried that your team will feel the same? According to a recent whitepaper by Allan Ryan, Executive Director at Hargraves Institute, and Tess Julian: “The global pandemic has transformed our expectations of work […]

Working with Children Week 2021

June 21-25 is the inaugural Working with Children Week (#WWCW2021). During this week, the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) and its relevant networks will use this annual event to raise awareness of key child protection provisions in NSW. In NSW more than 1.8 million people hold a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance […]

The Government’s Response to the Respect@Work Report

In March 2020, the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Respect@Work Report was released publicly. Today the Federal Government responded with its The Roadmap for Respect: Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. The Government says it is committed to building a culture of respectful relationships within workplaces and that it has agreed to or notes […]

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