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What can we learn from new bullying decisions?

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 8:26 0 Comments

Workplace bullying has been under the microscope this year, and particularly so in the last month, with the Fair Work Commission handing down a number of decisions relating to stop-bullying applications or unfair dismissals.

It might seem, sometimes, that we have heard it all when it comes to bullying and how it can affect an organisation and its employees, but these decisions have raised some interesting points that you might not have considered relating to costs, workplace culture…


Why sleep is a work issue, and how employers can manage it

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 13:30 1 Comment

An employee's sleeping habits might seem like a personal issue for them to manage, but in fact employers should start prioritising workers' 'sleep health' if they want to reduce absenteeism and increase productivity.

While I can't tell you why sleep is still being overlooked as a health issue by many employers, I can give you hard evidence as to why this needs to change, as well as tips from an expert on how to do it.

US researchers…


What is "reasonable" when dealing with pre-existing psychological injuries?

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 11:59 1 Comment

Managing workers with pre-existing psychological conditions can be a minefield.

Two recent cases I've written about in my role at OHS Alert provide some clarity for employers on what will - and won't - be considered "reasonable" when determining an employer's liability for exacerbating an existing injury or illness.

Context crucial for "reasonable" appearance comments

In the first case, which was heard in the Federal Court, a worker claimed her mentor's comments…


How to tackle work-related cyberbullying

Posted on September 3, 2015 at 14:57 0 Comments

Do you know how to address work-related cyberbullying? Some recent Australian research gives employers tips on how they can protect workers from this problematic and complex issue.

Employers can combat the growing phenomenon by training workers to be more optimistic and resilient, as well as training them in email etiquette, the researchers say.

Employers should also introduce a…


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