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 […]

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 […]

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- Investigation

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 […]

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