Is it Conflict? Or Bullying?

Conflict is not bullying – but having said that – conflict left to fester can become bullying.

Understand what each of them are may help in determining what actions to take in the workplace.  Most of us know that while conflict can sometimes provide opportunities for new thoughts and different ideas; it’s not always comfortable. How it’s managed really is quite dependent on the workplace itself.

Increased need for Investigation Skills

It could be media attention and an increased knowledge of human rights or it could be changes in beliefs about the right to work in a respectful workplace that has made the difference – I don’t know – but what I do know is that employee complaints are increasing and the need for workplace investigations are becoming more common.

Employers will have to learn how to manage investigations better than they have in the past. As a previous human resources practitioner, I dealt with a number of workplace investigations internally for my respective employers. As an external workplace investigator, I have come to realize that what I thought was good investigating would not stand up to the scrutiny of the courts today. I am not saying internal people can’t investigate – what I am saying is that there should be adequate training for those who are tasked with the duty to investigate.