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Parliament is a workplace

In an environment where hierarchy drives inflated egos due to status versus job title and function versus role, it is important to remember that Parliament is still just a workplace.

And while it has undertaken a necessary review of its people behaviours and identified areas for change, Parliament could learn from business some key actions that have been learnt over many years of addressing this issue.

“Identifying a safe place and suitable people that individuals can confide in, is essential” said Chamber CEO Michael Barnett. “It is preferable that there are multiple people in this group, to ensure the complainant has options.”

Business has had to make these changes, due to pressure from both ends of the spectrum. Business leaders and employees speaking out on unacceptable behaviour, creating pressure from the top down and the bottom up. This has provided an improved business environment, and while still evolving, has seen some significant changes over the past five years.

We all have the ability to change behaviours and deliver safe work places but first we must know and agree on what they are.

Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace
1. Provide suitable support to everyone in your workplace
2. Take all complaints seriously
3. Proceed through this process quickly but thoroughly
4. Put aside individual reputations
5. Do not blame the complainant
6. Protect and support witnesses
7. Establish and follow policy and procedures
8. Maintain confidentiality
9. Ensure clear communication at all times, particularly around process and outcomes
10. Implement a plan for resolution and follow-up

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