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 […]

Which leadership Approach Is the Most Effective?

Think of someone who you think is an effective leader – whether at work, in a team or group, a social or political movement, a sporting context, a particular situation or event, an organisation or institution. Were they a leader because of their role, their skills, their ideas, personality, the situation? What about them appealed […]

Managing Risks to Psychological Safety at Work

It is increasingly recognised that there are significant benefits when employers make psychological health and wellbeing at work a priority. Why is psychological safety important? As noted in WEIR’s 2020 Whitepaper on Workplace Bullying, research has shown that having policies, practices, and procedures for worker psychological health and safety will increase the levels of worker […]

Covid Redundancy Survival Guide

If you are back in the job market due to Covid-19, you are probably finding it is a very different job market today. There is a lot more competition for advertised jobs. Some industries are not hiring at all.  Many jobseekers are anxious about their finances. With fewer opportunities to socialise and network, there is […]

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Prevention and Responding

A 2018 study found that one in three Australian workers had experienced sexual harassment in the last five years. Sexual harassment affects individuals, families, businesses and the community as a whole.  It is a systemic issue across all industries.  For employees who are sexually harassed, and those witnessing it, the workplace ceases to be a […]

Misconduct risks for employees working remotely

Employees have a duty of good faith and fidelity to employers. They should behave ethically and act with honesty and integrity. Given the current global outbreak of the Coronavirus, all organisations, both government and non-government, are turning to remote work as a solution to keep their businesses running and maintain essential services. In some cases […]

Workplace bullying in the time of COVID-19

Principal Consultant Christa Ludlow has prepared a whitepaper titled Workplace Bullying, Evidence Based Approaches to a Complex Problem – which you can download for free. The whitepaper draws on recent research and WEIR’s own experience in workplace investigation, workplace mediation and conflict resolution, to examine why the prevalence of bullying remains high despite attempts to […]

The Underperforming Colleague

One of my team members is under-performing, which creates more work for me. My boss handles this by giving me his urgent and important tasks because she knows I will get the work done. What should I do?  The first step is to identify what your colleague is actually doing, or not doing. Is your colleague’s performance really below standard? Does he lack the required […]

Some good reasons to look at privacy procedures in your organisation

It’s Australian Privacy Awareness week (May 13 to 20) and the theme is “From Principles to Practice”.   If your organisation deals with personal data, you will know that storing and using this data involves benefits and risks. Perhaps the most damaging is reputational risk. If you lose a client’s information, will they trust you again? A notorious recent example is the loss of 12 million customers’ bank statements held by the […]

Sexual Harassment in the legal Workplace

What is being done about sexual harassment in the legal workplace?  The #MeToo movement overseas and the #Now movement locally, as well as the downfall of several prominent male lawyers, has directed attention to the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment and discrimination in the Australian and New Zealand legal professions. There is abundant evidence that sexual harassment is a serious problem for the profession, and has been for a number of years.   How common is sexual harassment […]

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