Managing Misconduct – 78-page eBook

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As an employer or manager of staff, one of your most important tasks is to encourage and maintain a productive, positive and healthy working environment. To successfully achieve this balance, you need to set clear expectations for the performance and behaviour of your workers. You also need to be able to identify behaviour that is in breach of your workplace standards and to respond swiftly to inappropriate behaviour and misconduct.

If the behaviour of one of your employees constitutes misconduct you may be tempted to simply dismiss them. (And sometimes dismissal is the most reasonable action to take when considering the best interests of your company and your workers!) But it’s important you understand how to avoid any legal repercussions should you choose to go down this path.

This means having policies and procedures in place that outline:

  • how you expect employees to behave;
  • how to conduct an investigation into employee misconduct; and
  • the disciplinary steps you’ll take if an employee breaches workplace standards.

This 78–page eBook explains exactly what behaviour constitutes misconduct and provides clear guidelines on how you should effectively respond. You’ll find out:

  • 10 essential items to include in your workplace policies
  • 6 things to consider before conducting an investigation into misconduct
  • A 7–step guide to conducting an investigation
  • 3 potential alternatives to dismissing an employee for misconduct
  • How to minimise your exposure to legal risk when dismissing an employee
  • How to recognise serious misconduct and implement summary dismissal

Being able to respond to employee misconduct quickly, confidently and effectively — while minimising any legal risk — will help ensure the productivity of your business remains uncompromised.

Written by the team behind the Employment Law Practical Handbook published by Portner Press.

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