Vince Scopelliti's Blog (92)

Aged Care Investigations: A Guide for Reportable Assaults

The thought that some of the most vulnerable in our society - the elderly - might be at risk of harm in residential aged care facilities is abhorrent. But even with the best of intentions and the proper guidelines in place, there is still potential for abuse and assault to occur. 

Abuse allegations in an aged care setting are highly emotional and challenging for all involved, especially the victims and their…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on April 18, 2018 at 11:57 — No Comments

Managing Relationships in the Workplace

Anyone who has been following the news recently will be aware that scandalous sexual relationships in the workplace have become something of a common theme. 

The stories of Seven West Chief Executive, Tim Worner and his former executive assistant (a relationship which ended in legal action), the forced resignations of senior AFL executives over their relationships with younger staff, and the…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on April 11, 2018 at 17:09 — No Comments

How to Implement and Promote Workplace Policies

A suite of robust policies and procedures is an essential element of good governance in any organisation. Often employers discover that their policies and procedures are inadequate, only once their actions are reviewed by a tribunal or court. 

Adequate workplace policies are key mechanisms for outlining exactly what the standards of conduct are in your organisation. Workplace policies should clearly and succinctly explain…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on April 4, 2018 at 12:13 — No Comments

How to Improve Workplace Harmony

Maintaining workplace harmony should be a key focus of every organisation. Conflict in the workplace can lead to behaviours such as bullying, harassment and discrimination. Staff can lack motivation, fail to work as a team and be generally unhappy. 

So how can employers and staff deal with conflict, and encourage staff to work together to promote harmony in the workplace? 

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on March 28, 2018 at 16:17 — No Comments

Improving Your Investigative Interviewing Skills

To any outsider, the job of investigative interviewing seems fairly straightforward - questions are asked and then answers are provided. Yet as we know, the job of interviewing parties in the course of a workplace investigation can be anything but simple. 

For example, the investigative interviewer must ensure procedural fairness at every step along the investigative pathway. And this raises other questions, such as can the…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on March 21, 2018 at 9:34 — No Comments

Inside the Fair Work Commission: How it Operates

Most employers and employees are likely have at least some contact with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) during their working lives. 

This might be as simple as obtaining information about award conditions and employee rights, or as contentious as appearing before the FWC in a workplace dispute or unfair dismissal matter.

So how does the Fair Commission work?…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on March 14, 2018 at 9:40 — No Comments

Stand By Me: The Role of the Support Person

For an employee who is on the receiving end of disciplinary action, performance management or a workplace investigation, it is an upsetting, and even a potentially traumatic experience. 

Every employee involved in such a process is entitled to have a…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on March 1, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Managing Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

Organisations are no doubt aware of the need to comply with anti-discrimination legislation, but actively encouraging cultural diversity in the workplace is becoming increasingly important - it can offer potential benefits far beyond simple compliance with the law. 

Let's take a look at some of the benefits, and how organisations can manage cultural diversity. 

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 21, 2018 at 14:32 — No Comments

Evolving and Moving on from a Workplace Investigation

Most employers are aware of the importance of conducting workplace investigations to deal with complaints or allegations. But what happens after the investigation is over?

There may be a sense of disconnectedness, embarrassment, awkwardness or even anger amongst staff, particularly if disciplinary action has been taken or an employee has left the organisation. 

Although it is…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 14, 2018 at 9:06 — No Comments

How Surveys Can Uncover Secrets of Your Workplace Culture

Employers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of a positive workplace culture. A workplace culture which helps foster happy employees can increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and have a positive flow-on effect to customers. 

But just how can senior management get staff, particularly junior staff, to open up about how they feel? One excellent and very popular method is by engaging…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 7, 2018 at 9:37 — No Comments

Conducting Workplace Investigations: What You Need to Know

Part of running an effective organisation is ensuring that all staff are held accountable for their actions in the workplace, and are able to air grievances and raise complaints in a safe forum. This means that employers may need to undertake investigations into staff misconduct from time to time. 

Managing an unbiased and thorough workplace investigation can be a challenging and complicated process, particularly given the…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 1, 2018 at 11:36 — No Comments

The Cost of Aggressive Leaders

There are many different skills which are required for an effective leader - such as excellent communication skills, perseverance, the ability to inspire and motivate staff, clarity of thought, and efficiency. But one detrimental trait that many leaders may possess is aggression.

Although it is often accepted that a domineering personality seems to go hand in hand with successful leadership, in many…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 24, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Tackling a Toxic Workplace Culture

Many people start off each year with a bundle of resolutions - to eat better, to exercise more, to spend more time with the kids... the list goes on. The start of a new calendar year is also a fantastic time for businesses to take stock and reassess. If your workplace culture is getting in the way of your business fulfilling it's potential, make change your top New Year's resolution for 2018.

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 19, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

How to Truly Relax Over the Summer Holidays

The Christmas tree is up, the fairy lights are lit, the bonbons are set on the table, the trifle is in the fridge - and you are sifting through your phone, replying to just one more email, tweaking just one more slide on the Powerpoint, making just one more phone call to a prospective client. Happy holidays, right? 

If this resembled your Christmas, you're not alone. Nearly 73% of Australians continue to work in some…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 12, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

2017: The Year Sexual Harassment Claimed the Public Spotlight

It seems that as 2017 gathered steam, more and more brave survivors of sexual harassment in the workplace gained the courage to name their alleged harassers. 

From Hollywood bigwigs and actors to Australian TV personalities; it seems that a vast array of perpetrators and inappropriate actions within the entertainment industry have finally come to light. 

There is no doubt that…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 3, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

A Modern Problem: The Face of Workplace Bullying in 2017

Workplace bullying comes at a high price for Australian businesses and employees, costing billions and leaving a trail of physical and mental health issues in its wake. 

Even though employers are becoming increasingly conscious about bullying and most have anti-bullying policies in place, it is still very prevalent in 2017. 

We take a look at what types of behaviour…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on December 20, 2017 at 9:55 — No Comments

Navigating the Choppy Waters of Mental Illness at Work

Mental Illness is highly prevalent in our society - 45% of Australians aged between 16 and 85 will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, and …

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on December 6, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Crossing the Line: Flirting vs Sexual Harassment

The recent media attention on sexual misconduct in Hollywood is a turning point; what may have been considered 'innocent flirting' in the 70s and 80s is increasingly being called what it is - unwanted harassment. The public condemnation of film mogul Harvey Weinstein's conduct has emboldened people to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against other celebrities, in what some have described as the 'Weinstein…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on November 29, 2017 at 9:32 — No Comments

Workplace Party Pitfalls and Perils (A Christmas Story)

At a time when workers increasingly work remotely, communicate online or use hot desks, the annual staff Christmas party is a valuable opportunity to get everyone interacting face to face. 

A Christmas party is also a good way of getting staff who rarely see one another during the working week to meet, to reward staff for hard work, to celebrate the success of the past year, and to motivate employees…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on November 15, 2017 at 12:19 — No Comments

When Gender is Irrelevant: Male-On-Male Workplace Harassment

Sexual harassment and predatory behaviour can happen to anybody. When most people think about this type of conduct, it is generally in the context of male-to-female harassment or, perhaps more rarely, female-to-male harassment. However, this is simply not the case - sexual harassment can be perpetrated by anybody towards anybody. 

A recent decision of the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of NSW highlights the potential for…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on November 8, 2017 at 12:10 — No Comments

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