CSIRO may set
The CSIRO may establish a discrete Conduct Integrity Unit to manage workplace bullying, other significant inter-personal misconduct and issues relating to scientific integrity.
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The General Findings Report into allegations of workplace bullying at CSIRO has been released.
The report represents the first phase of addressing the allegations and, in phase two, a full investigation of the submissions made by former employees about the conduct of current employees will be undertaken.
In total more than 100 people, half of whom are current employees, made a submission to phase one of the inquiry; with 130 ''discrete allegations'' made about alleged unreasonable behaviour, bullying, discrimination and/or harassment.
The report made 34 recommendations including proposals for improved dispute resolution processes and support for staff, better training and greater monitoring of results.
Chief Executive of the CSIRO, Dr Megan Clark endorsed the recommendations of Professor Dennis Pearce in the report, saying she, the Executive and the Board were committed to addressing the matters raised.
“While the independent investigation found no major or widespread issues with unreasonable behaviour at CSIRO, there are areas of concern that we need to address,” Dr Clark said.
“At the end of these investigations, if we find that any people have been bullied or harassed, as Chief Executive of CSIRO, I will apologise unreservedly.”
Meanwhile the CSIRO Staff Association has urged the CSIRO to implement all the report’s recommendations with Secretary, Sam Popovski saying the responsibility for dealing with bullying issues needed to shift from the individual staff member to management.
“The Staff Association expects the CSIRO Executive to adopt all of the recommendations and implement them thoroughly, including proper consultation with staff and their representatives,” Mr Popovski said.
“Policy and procedures need to be improved and made fairer.
“Managers and Human Resources staff need to be more accessible to staff and more responsive.
“There also needs to be greater transparency regarding the outcome of investigations into alleged bullying, harassment and unreasonable behaviour, including when these allegations are made against managers.”
The report can be accessed in full at this PS News link.
Edition 375, 20 August 2013