When you’re the manager of a team, there’s a good chance you’ll have to deal with the questionable behaviour of an employee.

If allegations are made about an employee, surrounding issues such as bullying or harassment, poor performance or inappropriate behaviour, it can be difficult to know how to tackle the situation.

“We know that some managers worry they may be accused of the same behaviour they are trying to stamp out,” says EML Member Benefits Program Coordinator Kirsty Smith.

So how can you navigate the situation without creating extra drama? Ms Smith suggests the following:

  • Act quickly – don’t wait too long to address the issue
  • Choose a time and location that will allow the conversation to remain private
  • Allow the employee to explain their behaviour
  • Explain that the job requires a specific standard of performance
  • Keep the focus on the problematic behaviour, don’t get personal

After the meeting, it’s important to monitor progress – but allow time for improvement.

“Make a time for a follow-up chat with the employee to review progress and document everything, including agreed actions and outcomes,” says Ms Smith.

“It is important to remember that if a claim is made as a result of the reasonable actions of an employer, it will be declined.”

Reasonable actions relate to:

  • Transfer
  • Demotion
  • Promotion
  • Performance
  • Appraisal
  • Discipline
  • Retrenchment or
  • Dismissal of workers or provision of employment benefits to workers

5 ways to get you moving at work

We all know that staying active is important, not only does it help you keep physically healthy but the benefits to your mental health and mood are impressive.

But understanding that you need to keep physically active and following through are two different things.

And many of us use work as an excuse for our inactivity. So how can you keep yourself moving at work (while still getting your work done)?

“When it comes to staying active, every little bit helps,” says EML Member Benefits Program Coordinator Kirsty Smith.

“Start your day off by walking a lap of your workplace to say good morning to your co-workers,” says Ms Smith.

“Wherever possible take the stairs and use the loo on a different floor to add a few extra steps in your day.

“And take your rubbish to a bin furthest from your desk.”

If you’re up for something a little more substantial, Ms Smith suggests getting your colleagues involved.

“Create team challenges and make it a game – work with your team to create a challenge that everyone can participate in.”

It can be as simple as each member in the team completing one (or more) of the ideas below:

  • 1 minute wall sit 3x a day
  • 10 body-weight squats every hour on the hour
  • Start a pedometer challenge to see who can get the most steps
  • Have a group stretch at the end of the day or week

“You could also conduct a walking meeting – walking and talking can be a great way to add a few steps to your day while still being productive.”