Bullying Complaints And The Critical Steps To Manage Them

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I’m sure that many managers have lost count of the number of times a staff member has come to them in confidence and said, “I’m being bullied. I don’t want you to do anything but…” This dilemma is often discussed with me during Management Training for the Prevention of Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying. Managers […]

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High Demand Employees

High Demand Employees

Does your organisation have a small cohort of employees that sap the energy out of you, leaving you mentally exhausted each time you have to interact with them? Do they seem to take your energy and use it to fuel and feed their own reactions, escalating situations beyond logical comprehension? American data indicates that approximately […]

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Humiliation And Bullying – Good Policy And Procedures

Saved by Good Policy and Good Execution – Humiliation did not Constitute Bullying

Never underestimate the power of good organisational policies. Sure they appear to be just a bit of paper lying around in a folder in the tea room or in a hidden in a file on the shared drive. BUT if they are also detailed, well written, read by staff and kept alive by management – […]

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Bullying happens in the workplace because…

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From our experience of working with many and varied clients, workplace bullying happens because managers allow it to. Some managers may condone bullying (and in fact display bullying behaviours themselves) because they either consciously or subconsciously subscribe to such ideas as: –          this is the way a person is treated when they are ‘different’ or […]

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Don’t be too quick to sack ‘the Geek’ in your business

Don’t be too quick to sack ‘the Geek’ in your business

An interesting article in the Melbourne Age newspaper highlights the need for HR to remain objective and unemotional in any decision making process involving dismissal. A workplace employee who was sacked while on sick leave (and after requesting leave to appear on the TV show ‘Beauty and the Geek’) has had his employment reinstated by […]

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Difficulties Tracking Incidents Of Workplace Psychological Injury

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Psychological Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace Conference, Sydney, Dec 5-7 As humans, we are not very good at understanding and ‘reading’ or interpreting other humans.  The ‘iceberg analogy’ applies for every interaction we have with another person and because so much of what we are processing, thinking and feeling is hidden from our own consciousness, others […]

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Your Stressed Employee May Not be Suitable For The Job

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Do you have an employee that is finding it stressful to fulfill their tasks and performance obligations? Very often, when an employee claims that their work tasks or expected performance standards are causing them stress, employers tend to panic and immediately look at modifying their duties to avoid a claim for stress under the workers […]

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The Legal Risks Associated With Bad Employee Behaviour?

How Exposed Is Your Organisation To The Legal Risks Associated With Bad Employee Behaviour?

When an employee suffers bullying, harassment or unlawful discrimination in the workplace, who pays the price for such behaviour? Where an employee feels that they have suffered damage because of bullying, harassment or discrimination in the workplace, the employee may choose to proceed with civil action to recover the costs for such damages.  The individual […]

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Don’t Be Seen In The Spotlight For All The Wrong Reasons

How to avoid seeing your organisation’s name in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons

An ex-employee of Flight Centre Ltd who believes he has been victimised and demoted (and who ultimately lost his job) because he raised concerns about bullying in the workplace has recently filed an adverse action claim in the Federal Court. If found guilty, Flight Centre Ltd faces paying compensation for damages – an amount which […]

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