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Have you walked in the shoes of an accused workplace bully?

Have you walked in the shoes of an accused workplace bully?

What's it like to walk in the shoes of an accused workplace bully? Can we find empathy for that employee? Or is it someone who has been labelled and the mud has been well and truly smeared all over them? If we explore this question from a research base, it is...

Are you missing your most vital step in managing a bullying complaint?

Are you missing your most vital step in managing a bullying complaint?

Employers are commonly told that a key, if not the first, response to a bullying complaint is to implement an investigation. While I agree an investigation, formal or informal, is essential, there is a vital first step required for risk management. That is ensuring...

“He doesn’t say hello to me. I’m being bullied!”

“He doesn’t say hello to me. I’m being bullied!”

What do you do if a team member refuses to greet another at work? Should you do anything? Is not saying "hello" really a sign of bullying? I once had two team members who were in conflict. One of the employees, let’s call him Jim, would come in to work, say hello to...

How does your industry fare in the workplace bullying stakes?

How does your industry fare in the workplace bullying stakes?

Superfriends recently released their 2018 Thriving Workplaces Survey Report providing us with a snapshot of workplace mental health and wellbeing across Australia. As would not come as a surprise to many of you, my attention was drawn to the information relating to...

Where is your company placed in the workplace bullying growth cycle?

Where is your company placed in the workplace bullying growth cycle?

Workplace bullying prevention and management is, like most things in life, a process of learning and growth. In my experience at the present time, different companies and businesses are all in different stages of the workplace bullying learning and growth cycle. Some...

“I’m a bully? That’s your subjective opinion.”

“I’m a bully? That’s your subjective opinion.”

Last week I had a conversation with an employer who raised an issue of bullying type behaviours with one of their employees. The employer told me, that when he raised the behaviours of concern, the employee responded with a denial that they had been using bullying...

Is the workplace bullying ethical bystander doomed?

Is the workplace bullying ethical bystander doomed?

Ethical bystanders are promoted as a solution to workplace bullying. If bystanders stand up, then the bully is pushed down or suppressed. However, is this realistic of what we are likely to see? Is the ethical bystander a real possibility or is it doomed to failure?...

Workplace bullying injury – it’s an epic workplace failure

Workplace bullying injury – it’s an epic workplace failure

Workplace bullying injury is an epic workplace failure. It's the equivalent of leaving the guard of a piece of machinery, not for a minute or two, but months. Why? Because by the time you have arrived at the injury awareness point, you have ignored all the sign posts,...

About Michael

Michael Plowright is the founder of Working Well Together. Led by a profound belief that people should live happy, productive lives both in and out of the workplace, he supports companies and organisations that are resolute about preventing and managing workplace bullying.

Michael started Working Well Together because he saw that despite workplace bullying undoubtedly being a serious issue, many workplaces are ill-equipped to prevent or manage it. Managers and HR and OH&S staff often don’t have the time or skills, or find that the systems they have in place are too broad and generic to deal with what is a very particular issue.

Michael has over 15 years’ experience in leadership and management in the not-for-profit sector, successfully leading teams at both strategic and operational levels. He has experienced first-hand the challenges of managing staff with difficult behaviours like bullying, and knows what it’s like to be in the centre of a human storm. His extensive experience managing office behaviours, providing support to targets of workplace bullying, and rebuilding teams affected by it, forms the foundation of Working Well Together. This, together with his specialist, up-to-date knowledge of workplace bullying and legislation, allows him to help companies and organisations so they can focus on their core purpose and keeping their clients happy, and so that employees can go home safe and well at the end of each day.

Are you interested in learning more about Michael? Click here to get in touch, or connect on LinkedIn.

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