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Commissioner Lucy Brogden asks Organisations to go ‘Beyond Yoga and Fruit Bowls’

Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission Lucy Brogden addressed Senior HR and Business Executives as keynote speaker and panelist at iHR Australia’s Executive Luncheon in Melbourne on Friday. Held at the Grand Hyatt, the event attracted an audience of over 100 professionals from top Australian and international organisations.

The iHR Australia luncheon on ‘Driving & Managing Performance in the Context of Mental Ill-Health in the Workplace’ provided a forum to share insights, experiences and discussion on challenges and best practice in relation to this complex and important topic.

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Workplace Culture Ultimately Underpins Reducing the Risk of Litigation

Preventing and managing inappropriate workplace behaviour isn’t as simple as writing a policy and having an open door towards employee complaints. A proactive approach by managers and leaders is required in setting and reinforcing a culture highlighted by respectful behaviour and approachable management. Failure to do so can impact an organisation’s capacity to comply with legislation and policy, to protect its employer brand and achieve optimum performance and productivity.

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Inadequate Disciplinary Policies Risk to all Australian Organisations

Gas worker reinstated by Commission after sacking for alleged racial slur

 

The Fair Work Commission has called on employers to introduce a greater range of disciplinary options like fines and unpaid suspensions into agreements to avoid "inappropriately lenient or inappropriately harsh" responses to misconduct that are problematic for all parties concerned.

The Commissioner made his comments in finding that an oil and gas production technician was unfairly dismissed for using a derogatory term in describing a sexual encounter with an Aboriginal woman within earshot of indigenous co-workers while on a bus to a project site.

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