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Employee Relations

What Constitutes Bullying in the Workplace?

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It is estimated that workplace bullying costs almost £18 billion a year in the UK. It’s morally wrong and in some cases illegal. It impacts lives as well as productivity. But what constitutes bullying in the workplace? Bullying and harassment are broadly dealt with by the same legislation in the UK: the Equality Act 2010. Broadly speaking, bullying and harassment are defined as certain behaviours and actions which cause someone to feel either intimidated or offended. They are umbrella terms which cover a wide range of behaviours such as spreading rumours, isolating someone, or making derogatory remarks. It can happen…

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How to break down divides between departments and eradicate silos in the workplace

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A business is a team. No matter how large or small the organisation, in order for it to be productive, profitable and capable of providing customers with the best possible experience, every single individual and department needs to work as one. It’s much like a football team. If one player isn’t pulling their weight, or if the defenders have lost all respect for the attacking line, they’ll never win another game and will, eventually, sink without trace. The thought of ‘tribes’ and silos existing within the four walls of a business is unpalatable for any business owner or HR team….

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I was unfairly fired for calling my boss a ****

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In Australia, the Fair Work Commission has ruled in favour of an employee who went on an offensive 4-letter-word tirade against his boss. In this rather unique case of employee relations, the recycling worker was fired via text message by the company executive who he referred to as an “old ****”. The dispute was concerning the employee being asked to work overtime when he had not been paid for previous overtime worked. This conversation happened over the phone and quickly went from a debate to a very heated, aggressive argument. The Fair Work Commission have found that although the worker…

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What is Employee Relations?

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The employee relations definition is pretty simple yet very multifaceted. Simply speaking when people in HR ask “what are/what is ‘employee relations?”, the chances are they are already doing it. Employee relations is your company’s structure of managing the rapport between the bosses and the staff. “Well in that case, what is the difference between HR and employee relations?” That’s an easy one, employee relations are just one facet in the role of HR. HR is an umbrella term which includes tasks such as payroll, updating employee databases and many more responsibilities – one of these being managing ER. Our…

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