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Why you can’t guarantee workplace investigation confidentiality

Why you can’t guarantee workplace investigation confidentiality

A guarantee of maintaining confidentiality is a key element in successful workplace investigations whether completed internally or by an external party. It protects employees from retributive action, encourages participation, and creates confidence in a company or...

Ostracism – A workplace bullying injury

Ostracism – A workplace bullying injury

Have you noticed that in this modern world we never seem to be alone? Of course, we may be physically alone, but all around us we are connected to others more than ever through technology including social media and mobile messaging. Our social connection to others is...

Five signs of workplace bullying resistance

Five signs of workplace bullying resistance

Have you ever worked in a company or organisation where it resembled a battlefield more than a workplace? Where whispered conversations in the corridors, the kitchen or around the photocopier stop when management, the perceived enemy, walked in? Or team meetings were...

Are aggressive clients a variation on the workplace bully?

Are aggressive clients a variation on the workplace bully?

One of the many challenges that exist for organisations within health, community or social welfare based services are individual clients who use aggressive behaviours. Organisations within those sectors can have a tendency to dismiss the behaviour as being caused by...

When the workplace bully rules the roost…

When the workplace bully rules the roost…

For many of our fellow colleagues (and ourselves) there is an expectation that prevention and management of workplace bullying starts with line management. General employees look to local management; local or middle management seek support from executive management...

Is resilience a workplace bullying “dirty word”?

Is resilience a workplace bullying “dirty word”?

Resilience. It is a word that embodies flexibility and strength; a capacity to bounce back; a response where no problem is unsolvable. That is how one client, Nick (not his real name), described resilience to me. However, for him the word has taken on tarnished...

The role of duration and frequency in workplace bullying injury

The role of duration and frequency in workplace bullying injury

For some of us, the question of why people are injured by workplace bullying, sometimes so severely, is a question that is difficult to understand. Sometimes, the target of the bullying behaviours is asked the question “Why don’t you just tell them to get stuffed?” or...

Does intent matter when addressing workplace bullying?

Does intent matter when addressing workplace bullying?

The word intent implies that a person who uses bullying behaviour has the goal, purpose or aim to bully another person. It implies choice. Yet not all individuals know they are using bullying behaviour. In fact, when confronted and labeled as being a bully many...

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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