What can get Employers in trouble ?

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Failure to have the right policies and procedures in place to define the relations between the employer and employees, and between employees amongst themselves

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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

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Failure to have a formal system in place enabling employees to seek assistance when unacceptable behaviour occurs

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Failure to intervene and investigate immediately when complaints are raised

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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
  • Discrimination
  • 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 Galea

Zach Galea

Human Capital Management Lead And Business Development Manager Read Bio
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Naveen Raghavan

Workplace Relations Consultant Read Bio
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Saraswathy Varatharajullu

Principal Lawyer Read Bio
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Marie Cocheril

Senior Commercial Lawyer Read Bio

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Frequently asked questions

Have questions? We are here to help.

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.