Harassment can be described as an undesired, repeated behaviour that has a detrimental effect on the recipient. The severity of the behaviours and conduct involved with harassment range dramatically, with “bullying” being the most severe. Generally, bullying is a repetitive and unreasonable act, carried out in an attempt to gain power or exert dominance, with the intention of causing fear or distress.
As an employer, you are obligated to provide a safe and secure work environment, taking all reasonably practicable steps to manage hazards and avoid exposing employees to unnecessary risk of physical injury or physiological harm. This includes protecting your employees from bullying and harassment in your workplace.
We can work with you to establish an effective harassment policy for your organisation, which provides procedures to follow when an allegation is made. We can also provide training sessions to educate your employees and managers about their rights and obligations. This includes identifying what bullying and harassment is, and what it is not, and fostering behaviours that help prevent bullying and harassment in your workplace.
It is paramount that all bullying or harassment complaints are treated seriously, and immediate action is taken to thoroughly investigate any allegations. We will guide you through the investigation process, and any disciplinary or termination process that may result. Alternatively, we can manage your investigation process for you – ensuring it is independent, robust, fair and confidential.
Our team have extensive experience in handling these often emotional and volatile situations. Being independent investigators, we have the advantage to be free from any bias, ensuring your employees are treated fairly and your organisation is provided with accurate findings. Have a look at our Investigations page for more information about this service.
Anna has exceptional skills in working with employees to diffuse work place conflicts. She tailors her support to the individual requirement of the situation and the outcome has been a greater insight into relationship dynamics, a reduction in stress levels and improved working relationships for those involved.
Leonie Orr, HR Manager / Payroll