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The year that was: 2018 in review

It's that time of the year when we wave goodbye to an eventual year, pop some champagne and look forward to the year ahead. Here's a download of the m
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The year that was: 2018 in review

The year that was: 2018 in review

19 December 2018

It's that time of the year when we say goodbye to an eventual year, pop some champagne and look forward to the year ahead.

Here's a quick download of some of the major things we witnessed this year:

  • We had the cricket’s ball-tampering scandal and the Royal Commission into Aged Care and Banking industry. This shows the need for all businesses to review their Code of Conduct and re-think how they manage performance. So, instead of just meeting KPI’s, it’s equally important – or if not more important, to apply a values first approach to work culture and performance

  • And who can forget the Barnaby bundle of joy? The whole nation went into a frenzy over the affair between then Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Vicky Campion, his former media advisor. From an HR standpoint, there were lots of discussions around whether there needs to be policies in place around workplace relationships. It’s common for relationships and attractions to develop in the workplace – after all we spend so much of our lives in the workplace. As an employer, it is important to ensure that these circumstances do not lead to incidents of sexual harassment which is against the law

  • Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) has been high on the agenda this year. In October, Australia was forced to open its eyes to a national crisis when six women in just five days were murdered. So far, 72 women and 20 children have been murdered in 2018 (impact for The horrifying statistics call for employers to take action to support their employees experiencing DFV. If you don’t have a DFV policy in place, this is something employers should act on in response to recent legislative change on 12 December which entitles all employees under the National Employee Standards to five days of unpaid DFV leave. But unpaid leave is not enough. Many businesses have argued that paid leave would be an unfair burden on employers.

  • There were a few M&A’s this year. Restructures are inevitable in the age of digital disruption. For example, the Fairfax & Channel 9’s $4.2 billion dollar merge meant that it will become the biggest media company in Australia. In most cases, M&A’s result in redundancies. But it’s not just the logistics of managing these redundancies and ensuring compliance - there are also psychological impacts as well. This is a lesson for all business regardless of size. Employers should adopt comprehensive mental health policies to look after their people and beyond as they navigate through these changes.

Until next time, here at Workplace Assured, we wish you a happy and safe Christmas break. See you in the New Year.

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