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Bullying & HarassmentApril 14, 2016
The Commission of enquiry has tabled revelations relating to Geelong City Mayor, Darryn Lyons, in parliament this week, regarding the standard of behaviour he has set within his workplace.
One specific example presented was that of a worker who had taken an axe to the walls of a chemical storage shed, in an overtly aggressive and intimidating response to a pregnant lady’s requests for ventilation. As bizarre as this may seem, what was even stranger was no action was taken despite the presence of a number of witnesses.
Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the standard of behaviour and culture of the workplace was set by the Mayor himself, who would regularly address staff using the f word, while demeaning and belittling them publicly.
Admittedly, this is an extreme case of poor workplace behaviour, however it does demonstrate how easily workplace culture can slide, and how after some time, what is completely inappropriate can be deemed acceptable.
Every workplace may vary in what is seen as acceptable workplace behaviour, but it is important to ensure all employees are considered and/or accept the culture. Not only does bad or inappropriate workplace behaviour make for an inharmonious working environment, potentially causing a loss in productivity and quality of work but it can expose employers to accusations, claims and ultimately, penalties.
If you have concerns about behaviour in your workplace, Employsure can help. We have specialised workplace advisers who can assist with managing the behaviour, along with implementing preventative measure to make for a more harmonious workplace moving forward. Call us today on 1300 651 415.
Sourced from Geelong Adviser