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The standard you walk past is the standard you are liable for

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HC Online | 20 Jun 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
The recent sex discrimination and harassment scandals rocking the Australian Defence Force have left Lisa Croxford wondering if managers are aware that the behavioural standards they walk past are the same standards they are personally held accountable for.
  • Bernie Althofer | 20 Jun 2013, 09:32 AM Agree 0
    Sitting in a Court, Commission or Tribunal saying "Nobody told me" is just not going to be accepted anymore.

    It seems that in some cases, there is a disconnect between what written policies and procedures say leaders and managers and even employees are required to do, and what they actually do. I suspect that the workplace culture is often blamed, but when it all comes down to tin tacks, it is the individual who has to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions or lack thereof.

    Everyone is faced with choices and given the complexity of issues involved trying to separate work from play, some individuals may get caught up in a mistaken belief that what they 'deem' acceptable at play, is also acceptable in the workplace, particularly when they associate with the same group of people at work and at play.

    It is easy enough to walk past unacceptable behaviour but it does take courage to stand up and be counted, particularly in those workplaces where such actions (speaking out) results in the individual/s be isolated. It can be a lonely and insular position to be in when speaking up, but if more and more individuals join together, then the minority becomes the majority. If everyone takes a stand, and clearly speaks out and steps up when they see or hear unacceptable behaviour, then workplaces might change.
  • RivercityIR | 22 Jun 2013, 09:22 AM Agree 0
    A manager once told me the easiest way to establish if your behaviour is acceptable or not is to ask your mother. If she is offended then chances are everyone else will be as well.
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