What can get Employers in trouble ?
Failure to have the right policies and procedures in place to define the relations between the employer and employees, and between employees amongst themselves
Failure to articulate expectations concerning conduct in the workplace between employees, through job descriptions, employment contracts and workplace behaviour policies
Failure to appropriately train your employees and managers to deal appropriately with unacceptable behaviour and complaints when they occur
Failure to have a formal system in place enabling employees to seek assistance when unacceptable behaviour occurs
Failure to intervene and investigate immediately when complaints are raised
Failed to arrange or conduct risk assessment or monitor the situation
Failed to have a safe return to work procedure.
Here are some common forms of unacceptable behaviour in the workplace
- Bullying and harassment
- Gossiping and spreading rumours
- Intimidation and threats
- Ignoring or excluding others
- Refusing to cooperate or communicate
- Disrespectful or aggressive behaviour
- Chronic lateness or absenteeism
- Violation of company policies or procedures
- Insubordination or refusal to follow instructions
By being aware of these forms of unacceptable behaviour and taking steps to address them, employers can create a more positive and productive workplace culture for everyone. It’s important to establish clear guidelines and consequences for violating these standards, and to offer support and resources for employees who may be struggling with these issues.
Support with maintaining a healthy and productive workplace
Our team of experienced HR, workplace, and legal specialists can help establish a workplace culture that is free from any form of unacceptable behaviour. We can provide training to your staff to prevent such behaviour and work with you to resolve any disputes that may arise. We are by your side to help create a healthy and productive workplace.
Zach GaleaHuman Capital Management Lead And Business Development Manager Read Bio
Human Capital Management Lead And Business Development Manager
Zach Galea is an enthusiastic and resourceful Human Resources Leader with multi-faceted experience – providing business support across a range of organisations and industries including construction, pharmaceutical, retail, fast food, banking and engineering industries to name a few. He is supported by tertiary education, holding a Master of Management and Human Resources and a Bachelor of Psychological Science.
Zach is experienced in providing a wide range of HR services that drive business performance and build organisational and individual capabilities – contributing to business growth and bottom-line performance. He can help companies to identify blockers/constraints and develop innovative solutions that help organisations deliver on their strategic initiatives. Zach is passionate about making a difference within the workplace and drives HR initiatives that are aligned with the company vision, and are aimed at promoting best practice, both internally and externally.
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Workplace Relations Consultant
Naveen Raghavan is a qualified non-practising lawyer and a Workplace Relations Advisor. He is passionate about employment law and industrial relations and his calm approach and ability to interpret complex matters allows him to achieve real solutions.
He has an extensive generalist background encompassing the areas of employment, civil, criminal, administrative and construction law. Naveen is also committed to social justice issues, having previously volunteered at the Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre, Refugee Legal and the Fitzroy Legal Service.
Saraswathy VaratharajulluPrincipal Lawyer Read Bio
Saraswathy Varatharajullu is the Principal Lawyer of Constructive Legal Solutions. Saraswathy has years of experience in employment law and industrial relations having previously worked at the Fair Work Commission, and Professionals Australia (Union) as a Lawyer and National Industrial Officer. She also has expertise in construction contracts and commercial contracts as well as debt recovery.
Saraswathy is dedicated to providing support and guidance to clients with a pragmatic and tailored approach in a wide variety of matters from contract reviews and employee management to termination matters such as unfair dismissals and Enterprise Agreement bargaining. Saraswathy is also a qualified mediator and sits on the Law Institute of Victoria’s Workplace Relations Committee.
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Senior Commercial Lawyer
Marie is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer. Marie has an LL.B (Hons) and an LL.M (Corporate & Commercial) and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Marie has strong leadership experience, having worked closely with CEOs, Boards, and stakeholders to provide legal & compliance advice, corporate governance, strategic development & mitigation of organisational risk advice.
She is a hands-on lawyer with experience in commercial contracts, intellectual property law, procurement, information technology, competition and consumer law, insurance, and privacy (including management of big data).
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Employers need to clearly define which behaviours are unacceptable in the workplace and communicate these expectations to their employees. This is often achieved through workplace behaviour policies, job descriptions, employment contracts as well as staff training programs.
The cost of failing to establish and implement adequate policies, procedures, and systems to prevent and respond to workplace bullying can be substantial, including financial penalties, loss of staff productivity, high turnover of staff and damage to brand reputation.
Employers need to establish clear consequences for unacceptable behaviour and communicate these consequences to their employees. This can include anything from verbal warnings to termination, depending on the severity of the behaviour.