PUBLIC LECTURE: WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR WORKPLACES?
|WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR WORKPLACES? : A roundtable discussion on employee wellbeing in comtemporary Australian workplaces
There are some worrying signs that many contemporary Australian workplaces are having a negative impact on the wellbeing of employees, the health system and the ‘bottom line’. In 2010, the Productivity Commission reported that 42% of all upheld stress related compensation claims were as a result of bullying, harassment or workplace violence and that the overall costs run into billions. Workplace bullying and harassment cases are regularly reported in the media and have led to government enquiries and new laws. Beyond these extreme cases, however, there appears to be a pervasive and persistent problem in many workplaces.
So is this a new problem? Why now? What can be done?
Join us for a challenging and entertaining discussion. Each of our roundtable members brings their own unique perspective to these questions.
Michael Harmer is Chairman and Senior Team Leader at Harmers Workplace Lawyers. He is the President of the Australian Institute of Employment Rights (AIER), a tripartite organisation with membership from employers, employees, academics and lawyers who have an interest in promoting positive workplace relationships in the public interest. Michael has been involved in recent high profile harassment matters such as the ‘David Jones’ case.
Sara Charlesworth is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Work + Life (Hawke Institute) University of South Australia. She has a background in social work, industrial relations, antidiscrimination law and legal studies. Sara is currently working on an ARC project on sexual harassment legislation.
Kim Collard is the CEO of Kooya Consultancy, an Indigenous organisation that seeks opportunities to work creatively and innovatively in cultural and business environments that can produce genuine and meaningful intercultural dialogue.
Kim works with the ‘Third Space’ cultural framework to explore the ways in which managers and leaders can develop understanding and collaboration in a culturally diverse workforce,resulting in better performance, respect, engagement and a platform for even deeper understanding.
Susan Harwood is an experienced diversity employment researcher and consultant and is recognised as one
of the leading grievance investigation and resolution practitioners in WA and undertakes assignments for
both the private and public sectors.
This is a free event but seats are limited and bookings are essential.
Light refreshments provided.
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