The Western Australian State Government has been hit with a wave of accountability issues. The latest from the social housing portfolio involves the loss of an estimated $2.5 million of state funds. At the same time the state government is battling the fallout of $500,000 issue with a WA Trade Commissioner to Japan, and the ongoing issues with and investigations into the City of Perth. Now there is the release of a report by the Local Government Professionals Australian WA and the University of WA recommending mandatory training in leadership, ethics and financial management: https://www.lgprofessionalswa.org.au/Lgmawa/News/Report_reveals_WA_Local_Government_CEOs_at_breaking_point.aspx
The WA Public Sector Commissioner’s Instruction No 8 of 2012 establishes the ‘requirement for public sector bodies to develop their own code of conduct and to provide training to their employees and board members on accountable and ethical decision-making (AEDM). This mandatory training has been in place since 2008. That is, since 2008 all heads of state government public sector bodies have been required to ensure all staff and board members are trained.
The training though, can involve considerable expenditure if provided as face to face training. Sadly many agencies have opted for online training requiring participants to make ‘multiple choice’ responses. We at Oars Across the Waters believe this ‘black and white’ method cannot be effective in ‘grey area’ decision making; that is the decision making involved when reporting suspected misconduct.
Since 2008 Oars Across the Waters has provided highly effective face to face, conversational AEDM training, which precisely follows the Public Sector Commissioner’s requirements. Integrity risks are identified on a training day and later support addresses them. The training provides an ‘inoculation’ approach to integrity risks.
If you need help in setting up more effective AEDM please contact us http://managersassistance.com.au/contact-form-7-id53-titlecontact-form-1contact/
When does confidence become overconfidence? Overconfident people rarely check if others agree with them. They assume they’re right and often give advice a little too freely; putting themselves at risk of treading on others’ toes, possibly even being accused of bullying.
So when does just having confidence change to being overconfident? Sadly it can happen so incrementally that it insidiously creeps up on us. Continue reading
The workplace in which we are visible to others for around 8 hours a day presents an ideal opportunity to increase brain health and reduce mental health costs to our community.
Research on brain health and the brain’s capacity to heal is increasing. One interesting aspect of this research though is that it is also indicating what poor brain health does to our functioning. The University of NSW Brain and Mind Institute research reports the earlier depression is addressed, the more chance of recovery. Their findings indicate depression causes an area of the brain to shrink and reduce learning capacity. This has significant implications for Australian employers when Australian Bureau of Statistics data indicates that one in five people in the population suffer mental health issues with the most common reported by the World Health Organisation being depression and anxiety.
It is in the interests of employers to keep the learning capacity of its staff healthy. Picking up on potential early indicators of distress is then highly desirable for commercial if not altruistic reasons.
If you would like further information on supporting brain health please make contact through your confidential contact page:
It’s the new year and you’re back at work from the festive season break. It may have been a slow start, but now you can see your priorities lining up. You have confidence that you’ll achieve them and you’re smiling and encouraging others.
It’s an unusual year though, with the election of Donald Trump, his likely global impact, and locally an election looming in Western Australia. You’re not sure what it will bring. Is it a time to be taking action or building resilience and resources?
If you’re about to take steps forward and then you find yourself hesitating, it may be useful to access our confidential contact page. We have a team available who can assist you with accountable and ethical decisions in the current climate: