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Dealing with reluctant complainants in workplace investigations

How many of you have encountered the problem when a complaint is made but the complainant tells you that they don’t want the matter investigated?I often get asked by HR professionals and managers, “What do I do if someone makes a complaint and then says that they don’t want me to do anything, they just wanted me to know.”Despite what people think, this is not a difficult situation - it becomes all about ownership of the complaint.Once someone has made a complaint to you, you now own the…See More
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Phil O'Brien posted a blog post

Dealing with reluctant complainants in workplace investigations

How many of you have encountered the problem when a complaint is made but the complainant tells you that they don’t want the matter investigated?I often get asked by HR professionals and managers, “What do I do if someone makes a complaint and then says that they don’t want me to do anything, they just wanted me to know.”Despite what people think, this is not a difficult situation - it becomes all about ownership of the complaint.Once someone has made a complaint to you, you now own the…See More
Tuesday
A blog post by Phil O'Brien was featured

Sexual Harassment Investigations

Recently a very good article was published about Sexual Harassment in the workplace on the Monash University Impact web site: https://www2.monash.edu/impact/articles/legal/workplace-sexual-harassment-how-do-we-help-women-come-forward/I particularly liked this comment:“A workplace investigation should not be used to minimise, silence or…See More
Tuesday
Phil O'Brien posted a blog post

Sexual Harassment Investigations

Recently a very good article was published about Sexual Harassment in the workplace on the Monash University Impact web site: https://www2.monash.edu/impact/articles/legal/workplace-sexual-harassment-how-do-we-help-women-come-forward/I particularly liked this comment:“A workplace investigation should not be used to minimise, silence or…See More
Jul 6
A blog post by Phil O'Brien was featured

Top 10 reasons why your organisation should have training in bullying harassment sexual harassment

Top 10 reasons why your organisation should have training in bullying harassment sexual harassmentTraining your employees of all levels in bullying, harassment and sexual harassment shouldn’t be a “nice to have”, “we’ll get around to it” or “maybe one day”, it’s an imperative, today.  Not convinced here are the top ten reasons why your organisation should have training in bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.1. To ensure that all of your employees understand what workplace bullying,…See More
Jun 29
Phil O'Brien posted a blog post

Top 10 reasons why your organisation should have training in bullying harassment sexual harassment

Top 10 reasons why your organisation should have training in bullying harassment sexual harassmentTraining your employees of all levels in bullying, harassment and sexual harassment shouldn’t be a “nice to have”, “we’ll get around to it” or “maybe one day”, it’s an imperative, today.  Not convinced here are the top ten reasons why your organisation should have training in bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.1. To ensure that all of your employees understand what workplace bullying,…See More
Jun 26
Charles Cody liked Phil O'Brien's blog post Sexual Harassment Investigation Myth Busting
Jun 26
A blog post by Phil O'Brien was featured

Sexual Harassment Investigation Myth Busting

I have investigated a large number of sexual harassment complaints this article busting the myths contains most of the excuses for the behaviour that I have heard when interviewing perpetrators. I believe that when it comes to sexual harassment the behaviour is; Deliberate – Where the perpetrator knowingly behaves in a sexually harassing manner towards the victim. Offensive – Where the person subjected to the actions of the perpetrator is offended by those actions. Unwanted – Where the…See More
Jun 25
Phil O'Brien posted a blog post

Sexual Harassment Investigation Myth Busting

I have investigated a large number of sexual harassment complaints this article busting the myths contains most of the excuses for the behaviour that I have heard when interviewing perpetrators. I believe that when it comes to sexual harassment the behaviour is; Deliberate – Where the perpetrator knowingly behaves in a sexually harassing manner towards the victim. Offensive – Where the person subjected to the actions of the perpetrator is offended by those actions. Unwanted – Where the…See More
Jun 25
A blog post by Phil O'Brien was featured

Working from home bullying part 2 - social media

The Rolling Stones told us that “Time is on my side, yes it is”  and with people working from home they may be right. People with more time on their hands combined with the social isolation that comes from working from home or being in lockdown can find themselves becoming frustrated which in turn can lead to people saying and doing things on social media that they might regret later.Being courteous on social media is not a restriction of any form of freedom of speech, however before you post…See More
Apr 15
Liza Freeman liked Phil O'Brien's blog post Working from home workplace bullying
Mar 26
A blog post by Phil O'Brien was featured

Working from home workplace bullying

Working from home workplace bullying – I have conducted numerous investigations where emails have been the source of the issues that are claimed as being workplace bullying.With more and more people working from home as a result of COVID 19, businesses, employers and managers are going to be more dependent on the use of email to communicate. It is important to remember that an email cannot express the sentiment behind it and can be easily misinterpreted.The investigations I have conducted as a…See More
Mar 25
Phil O'Brien posted a blog post

Working from home bullying part 2 - social media

The Rolling Stones told us that “Time is on my side, yes it is”  and with people working from home they may be right. People with more time on their hands combined with the social isolation that comes from working from home or being in lockdown can find themselves becoming frustrated which in turn can lead to people saying and doing things on social media that they might regret later.Being courteous on social media is not a restriction of any form of freedom of speech, however before you post…See More
Mar 24
Phil O'Brien posted a blog post

Working from home workplace bullying

Working from home workplace bullying – I have conducted numerous investigations where emails have been the source of the issues that are claimed as being workplace bullying.With more and more people working from home as a result of COVID 19, businesses, employers and managers are going to be more dependent on the use of email to communicate. It is important to remember that an email cannot express the sentiment behind it and can be easily misinterpreted.The investigations I have conducted as a…See More
Mar 23
A blog post by Phil O'Brien was featured

Investigating Complaints Part 3 – Conducting a Risk Assessment

Investigating Complaints Part 3 – Conducting a Risk AssessmentThis part 3 of a series is a step by step guide to help you investigate employee complaints.  The guides can also be used to investigate complaints from stakeholders including clients and customers.This process is by no means the only process, it is however the process I use and have been using successfully for a number of years.The next stage in the investigation process is to conduct a Risk Assessment.The Risk Assessment is the…See More
Feb 24
Phil O'Brien posted blog posts
Feb 20

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What would you like to share about yourself?
I am a highly experienced and skilled workplace investigator and trainer and lawyer who can take the stress out of conducting workplace investigations and provide you and your employees with up to date a relevant training in the areas of misconduct, Reasonable Management Action, performance management, bullying & harassment and other issues facing employers and workplaces.

You can contact me on 02 9674 4279.
Company website/blog
http://www.awpti.com.au
Personal blog
http://https://awpti.com.au/articles/
How many employees in your company?
1-49
What areas of HR are you particularly passionate about?
Workplace Investigations
Workplace Investigation Training
Management training
Employee training
Employment Law
Performance management
What kind of networking are you open to?
Open networking, Referrals between friends

Phil O'Brien's Blog

Dealing with reluctant complainants in workplace investigations

Posted on July 7, 2020 at 17:00 0 Comments

How many of you have encountered the problem when a complaint is made but the complainant tells you that they don’t want the matter investigated?

I often get asked by HR professionals and managers, “What do I do if someone makes a complaint and then says that they don’t want me to do anything, they just wanted me to know.”

Despite what people think, this is not a difficult situation - it becomes all about ownership of the complaint.

Once someone has…

Continue

Sexual Harassment Investigations

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 13:00 0 Comments

Recently a very good article was published about Sexual Harassment in the workplace on the Monash University Impact web site: https://www2.monash.edu/impact/articles/legal/workplace-sexual-harassment-how-do-we-help-women-come-forward/

I particularly liked this comment:

“A workplace investigation should not be…

Continue

Top 10 reasons why your organisation should have training in bullying harassment sexual harassment

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 14:23 0 Comments

Top 10 reasons why your organisation should have training in bullying harassment sexual harassment

Training your employees of all levels in bullying, harassment and sexual harassment shouldn’t be a “nice to have”, “we’ll get around to it” or “maybe one day”, it’s an imperative, today.  Not convinced here are the top ten reasons why your organisation should have training in bullying, harassment and…

Continue

Sexual Harassment Investigation Myth Busting

Posted on June 25, 2020 at 7:30 0 Comments

I have investigated a large number of sexual harassment complaints this article busting the myths contains most of the excuses for the behaviour that I have heard when interviewing perpetrators.



I believe that when it comes to sexual harassment the behaviour is;



Deliberate – Where the perpetrator knowingly behaves in a sexually harassing manner towards the victim.



Offensive – Where the person subjected to the…

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