Sentrient Pty Ltd is an Australian Software as a Service (SaaS) company that delivers a workplace compliance solution for all Australian businesses. Our flagship product, Safeguard by Sentrient™, is the #1 workplace compliance system for Australian businesses, from small and medium business to larger organisations. It is affordable and can be deployed in just minutes, without setup costs or any of the stress associated with complex system configurations. It comes pre-loaded with legally endorsed workplace compliance training, a workplace policy builder and ready-made reports for audit purposes. This makes it easier for Australian businesses to do the right thing and protect their business from the ever-increasing cost associated with breaches in safety, invasion of privacy and workplace incidents such as bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination. Specialties: Online workplace compliance training Online workplace policy builder Online workplace compliance system Online inductions and onboarding Online course development Learning management system
Workplace Compliance Company Melbourne Australia – Sentrient. Sentrient is an Australian workplace compliance company, with our head office in Melbourne.
We help small and medium businesses and larger organisations take the pain out of workplace compliance and to create safer, fairer and better workplaces. If you are like most businesses in Australia then you are probably finding it difficult to manage the ever-increasing cost associated with workplace compliance. What we mean by workplace compliance is the way in which your business meet it’s legal obligations for workplace relations and safety matters such as work health and safety (WHS), privacy, code of conduct, workplace bullying, sexual harassment, equal employment opportunity (EEO) and appropriate use of internet and social media.
As your people spend more time online, you are probably experiencing the rise of social media, and how it is making the workplace more complex. Workplace Compliance Blog – Sentrient. Privacy Law Course at Workplace – Compliance Courses. Pint of Common Sense and Dash of Workplace Compliance - Sentrient. Ahhh…..
Now that is refreshing….. Because these days, within Australian workplaces, there seems to be far too much workplace COMPLIANCE and far too little COMMON SENSE. What organisations are bucking the trend? The organisations that are bucking the trend are those businesses that regularly appear in the list of ‘The 100 Best Places to Work in Australia’. Whilst these businesses share many common traits, one thing that you will find interesting is that regardless of their size, industry sector or physical geography, they seem to recruit people with common sense and then train them on compliance….. Now, we’re not suggesting for a minute that hiring decisions are made on common sense alone.
How to Build a Good Workplace Culture with Bricks - Sentrient. For generations, parents, teachers and coaches have used the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ as a way to inspire their children to work hard, make good decisions and ultimately do the right thing.
Like all good stories, the implications of not complying are played out to reinforce the learning! So, when the ‘Big Bad Bully’ comes to your workplace, are you prepared? Wouldn’t you agree, that the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ bears a striking resemblance with the ‘Big Bad Bully’ in any workplace? That person, senior or junior, competent or not, who if not dealt with appropriately, stifles culture and tears the shreds off engagement scores! Send a clear message from ‘top down’ - Sentrient. Let’s not even get into corporate jargon around leadership, culture and engagement.
Instead, let’s reflect on some old school wisdom. A wise person once said that the best thing a father can do for their children is to love their mother. Why is this so important in the make-up of a family unit? Yes, it is clearly a good place to start for a healthy relationship between mum and dad….. But how about the message it sends to the kids? Another wise person also said that no matter what happens in life, our children should always feel safe. Have a Management Team That Foster a Good Workplace Culture - Sentrient. Regardless of how we train people, or what policies and procedures we have in place, like most things in life, it’s a case of “show me don’t tell me”.
What we see and hear is often what we follow. Management, just like good parenting, requires a positive role model….. Based on a survey conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2012, 1 in 2 workers have witnessed workplace bullying in the Australian workplace. In far too many cases, the bullying behaviour has come right from the top. Really……. Just like great parenting, thankfully the best organisations have leaders who respect human rights and go out of their way to make people feel safe. Why do some managers get it and some just don’t….. Well, it’s probably the same as asking why some kids are bullies in the school yard and why do some kids stand by and watch it happen.
How to Identify, Report and Resolve Workplace Incidents. There is a common theme across this workplace compliance series – the best organisations have a robust workplace compliance system in place.
One that educates their staff and delivers policies and procedures to help people know what to do if there is a fair work, privacy or health and safety incident in the workplace. Education is the key….. The best organisations recognise that education around things such as work health and safety (WHS), privacy, workplace bullying, sexual harassment, equal employment opportunity (EEO), and the appropriate use of internet and social media are all necessary so that everyone is able to identify what appropriate behaviour and inappropriate behaviour in the workplace is.
Education is not just a one off when somebody starts in the organisation, a water cooler conversation or references made on page 27 of an employee handbook. The ‘Your Honour Test’ & Workplace Compliance System – Sentrient. It is 9.30 am on a Monday morning…..
Your Human Resource Manager comes into your office, with a concerned look on her face. There’s been a report of misconduct at your Christmas Party from last Friday night. The misconduct was of a sexual nature and word has spread. As a CEO, it’s definitely not the sort of thing you want to start your work week with. Your head starts spinning….. Fast forward the clock several hours….. You have investigated the claim and found that it is correct, one of your employees has sexually harassed another employee.
Now fast forward the clock 24 hours….. It’s on the front page of the paper! Legislative Compliance in Small and Medium Business - Sentrient. Is Common Sense Enough?
One could debate that if our people just used more common sense, then legislative compliance would not need to take up so much time in the workplace. But there’s a glitch in this way of thinking….. We are living and working in a global environment where common sense is not always so common. Many would even say that common sense is on the decline. Regardless of whether you subscribe to the doomsday effect of a slide in common sense across the globe, I am sure you would agree that as workplaces become more heavily reliant on legislative compliance to police common sense, the exposure to claims against an employer, regardless of the size of the organisation, become significantly higher. What does this mean for small and medium business?
In October 2016, an Australian Newspaper published an article titled – Porn on your company laptop is wrong? Click here to read the complete article. The Right Workplace Training, Workplace Policies and Procedures to Safeguard Your Business - Sentrient. Regardless of your leadership credentials, employee engagement scores or long standing reputation of your business, breaches in safety, invasion of privacy and workplace incidents such as bullying, harassment and discrimination can happen.
In fact, in today’s business environment, it is no longer a case of ‘if’ but ‘when’. However, an incident such as bullying, harassment or discrimination can happen, successful claims of legal liability do not have to. Compliance Law Does Not Discriminate - Sentrient. In the Australian business environment there are still far too many businesses that either do not understand their legal obligations or choose not to meet them, when it comes to the provision of compliance training and having suitable workplace policies and procedures in place for things such as bullying, harassment and discrimination.
To give you a feel for some of the most common myths when it comes to why businesses choose not to invest in a robust workplace compliance system, please read on: Myth #1 – ‘We are just a small business and haven’t had a problem with this sort of stuff before’. Firstly, the law does not discriminate based on size. Regardless of whether you are 5 or 5,000 employees, your business has the responsibility to meet its legal obligations when it comes to the provision of compliance training and having suitable workplace policies and procedures in place. Recognise the Risk of Compliance. The Risk of Non-Compliance - 7 Steps That Good Businesses Take to Mitigate Risk. It is the responsibility of everyone to do the right thing when it comes to fair work, privacy and health and safety in the workplace.
Not just because we have to by law, but because everybody has the right to be safe at work and to be treated fairly and with respect. The most highly engaged businesses have leaders that set and maintain these standards, underpinned by a robust workplace compliance system. In the subsequent series of 7 blog posts, we have a closer look at the 7 steps that good businesses take to mitigate the risk of non-compliance in relation to fair work, privacy and health and safety: Businesses that take appropriate steps to protect themselves from the ever-increasing cost associated with breaches in safety, invasion of privacy and workplace incidents such as bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination also report higher staff engagement levels. EEO Courses – Equal Employment Opportunity Training Course. Sexual Harassment Course – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
Internet & Social Media Workplace Course. Work Health & Safety Courses – WHS Training Courses. Workplace Bullying Course – Workplace Bullying. Workplace Compliance System – Sentrient. Most businesses fail to communicate the ‘real reason’ for workplace compliance. It’s pretty simple….. We all have a role to play in creating and maintaining a workplace culture that is safe, fair and equitable. Too often, we all sit back and blame others. When in fact, we could have helped the situation by doing the right thing and standing up for what is we know is right! One of the things I love most about Sentrient, is their vision, to inspire people to do the right thing.
Not just because it is the law, but because everyone has a right to be safe at work and to be treated fairly and with respect. In Australian workplace, the hidden cost of non-compliance d the risk of legal liability is sky-rocketing. Most businesses have a management team that give ‘lip service’ to good workplace culture. Perhaps the BIGGEST mistake of all… Is having senior managers and executives within an organisation that give ‘lip service’ to appropriate conduct in the workplace. Compliance Courses – Workplace Compliance Courses.
Workplace Compliance Services & Training at Sentrient. Online Workplace Compliance Courses Australia - Sentrient. Workplace Compliance Courses for Small and Medium Business in Australia – Sentrient. Most businesses do not have processes for reporting workplace incidents. Prevention is Better than Cure – Event. Introduction Australian businesses are grappling with the ever-increasing cost associated with breaches in safety, invasion of privacy and workplace incidents such as bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination. The rise of social media has made it even more complex because we are now vulnerable to online discrimination, sexual harassment, identity theft and cyberbullying. Even businesses that strive to get it right, often fail. In fact, industry surveys report that more than 70% of Australian businesses do not have a reliable workplace compliance system in place.
As a result, most businesses are swimming in exposure and indirect costs on a daily basis. About the event As a business owner, executive or HR professional, we invite you to join us at our upcoming event that explores the old adage of ‘prevention is better than cure’ applied to workplace relations and safety, in today’s business environment. Most businesses treat their workplace compliance system as an ‘insurance policy’ Most businesses are not informed of what is the ‘right protection’ Guidance around workplace compliance will vary depending on what industry you are in and who you go to for advice. It can be anything from ‘too light’ (in other words, you’re exposed and the impacts will cause you pain) to ‘too heavy’ (in other words, you’re not exposed, but now you are swimming in too much of the stuff and that also equals pain). Most businesses think that it won’t happen to me.
Mistake #1 – Most businesses underestimate the impact of a ‘worst case scenario’ So let’s start with a person you’ve probably heard a few of your work colleagues mumble about….. The 7 most common mistakes that expose your business to unnecessary risk.