It is well known that a lot of time is spent interacting with work colleagues.
That time may lead down the path of love, but how do you, as an employer, deal with this? What about those inappropriate emails back and forth? The time wasted at the photocopier? The complaints from other staff of less favourable treatment?
And…what happens if the approaches between workers for a relationship are unwelcome? The reduced productivity? The complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying? The cost in the form of sick leave or a claim?
The answer to employers is simple. Be proactive! Don’t wait until you have a problem.
Make sure that your policies are clear on all these issues. Ensure your policies comply with the Work Health & Safety Act, the Fair Work Act and Discrimination legislation. Consult your workers and make certain they know the effect of the policies and understand the implications of breaching the policies. Make sure your managers are trained in dealing with complaints before they occur.
Finally, there is no point having policies if you do not follow them. Investigate to ensure they are being complied with and follow up complaints in accord with the procedures set down by your policies.
As a business owner, you are responsible to ensure the safety of your workers, so act and investigate all complaints.
For further information please contact our Workplace Law Team