EEO Blog

Proactive or Reactive – Managing Unlawful Behaviour in Workplaces

In today's world, where workplace dynamics are under constant scrutiny, unlawful behaviour demands urgent attention because it is more prevalent than you might imagine.   A recent report released by Lloyd’s Register Foundation found that Australia has one of the highest rates of workplace violence and harassment in the world, with an average of 49.1% (compared to 21% globally). There is clearly much we all need to do to make workplaces in Australia safer.  The safety laws and the Respect at Work Act 2022 created significant changes to what constitutes unlawful behaviours and place greater responsibilities on employers.   While reactive measures have traditionally been the norm, there's a compelling case to be made for proactive approaches in addressing these pervasive issues. This blog delves into why it's essential to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to managing sexual harassment, discrimination, and bullying in workplaces.  Cultivating a Safe and Respectful...
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Unlawful Behaviour – Assessing the true impact on your organisation

Unlawful Behaviour – Assessing the true impact on your organisation

In an ideal world, workplaces are meant to be safe spaces where individuals can collaborate, innovate and thrive. However, unlawful behaviour related to sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying can have a major impact on this environment. The true cost can extend beyond financial and legal consequences. The Australian Human Rights Commission states that the fallout can include increased absenteeism, higher employee turnover, lower morale, decreased productivity, and management time lost in dealing with issues. Unlawful behaviour in Australian workplaces is more prevalent than you might imagine. A recent report released by Lloyd’s Register Foundation found that Australia has one of the highest rates of workplace violence and harassment in the world, with an average of 49.1% (compared to 21% globally). There is clearly much we all need to do to make workplaces in Australia safer.
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