Bullying, sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination can happen in any workplace. Increasingly, employers are recognising the considerable direct and indirect costs these behaviours can have on both individuals and businesses.
These costs show up in the loss of valued employees, lost productivity, decreased morale, poor performance due to stress, absenteeism and, on occasion, the loss of life. There are also the costs of the time spent by managers and human resources dealing with complaints, and in the most severe cases, the costs in time and money of dealing with lawsuits. The cost to an individual business isn’t easy to calculate but it is estimated that workplace bullying alone costs the Australian economy $15 billion a year. (The Productivity Commission, 2010 Draft Report)
These are not just behaviour issues, they are management issues. With the cost of non-compliance so high, it is not enough for employers to simply observe laws and follow regulations. Organisations seeking to minimise risks of this kind should also expect managers and executives to have a heightened degree of awareness, so that (among other reasons) they can be ‘sentinels’ in spotting unlawful misconduct.
Employers must ensure that managers and executives are trained to deal with inappropriate behaviour in their teams and that they understand the importance of taking proactive measures to prevent these situations from occurring in the workplace. Effective compliance training is clearly an investment that employers cannot afford to ignore.
Learning Seat’s ‘Compliance for managers and executives’ courses provide people managers and executives with the knowledge to respond appropriately to allegations of bullying, sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination and mitigate the risk of legal action being taken against them.
These courses are complementary to general compliance training and build on definitions and legislative context with specific case studies and scenarios relevant to managers and executives.
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