Australian businesses are being urged to be more vigilant about preventing sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace during the Christmas party season when alcohol and pent-up grievances could prove a heady mix.
According to The Resolution Centre, which specialises in conflict resolution, sexual harassment investigation and mediation, there are more likely to be sexual harassment claims around the Christmas and New Year’s period.
The Resolution Centre’s managing director, Katherine Graham said companies should be clearly communications with their staff appropriate standards of behaviour during the ‘silly season’.
“When putting on Christmas parties, some companies are aware of the legislation and their legal responsibilities when it comes to sexual harassment and bullying, but it’s important to be proactive in averting any potential claims,” she said. “Businesses need to understand legislation and have in place office guidelines that set out acceptable behavior and work practices.”
Workplace stress soars across the globe
Fringe benefits tax likely to cause Christmas headache