Join us at our half-day toolkit session where our legal and HR experts teach you how to tackle destructive workplace behaviours head-on and reset expectations, or get them out the door.

Learn how to investigate and address the root cause of performance issues, while meeting legal obligations and upholding good faith in all your decisions.

Our experts cover:
  • Absences and delays – what to do if every time you want to meet, they are not there?
  • Total disregard for rules and regulations – “I really don’t care and it’s not my job!”
  • Taking advantage of flexible working arrangements – resetting expectations and ensuring productivity in remote teams
  • Acceptable grounds for warning – inappropriate behaviour and breach of policies/procedures
  • Misconduct in action – how to manage a justified dismissal.

You need to take a proactive approach with rogue employees before they cause irreversible damage to your business.

Taking Charge of Rogue Employees



Abigail Pearce

Holland Beckett Law

Beverley Edwards

Senior Solicitor

Chris Longman

HR and Employment Relations Consultant

Christie McGregor

Holland Beckett Law

Shima Grice

Partner – Employment Law and Health & Safety
Sharp Tudhope

Debbie Hill

People & Culture Business Partner


1:00 - 1:30

Registration & networking - tea & coffee

1:30 - 1:40

MC introduction

Chris Longman, Employment Relations Consultant - EMA

1:40 - 2:20

Process destroyers - how to deal with the employee that keeps pushing back

  • Stressed, absent and causing delays – every time you want to meet, they go on sick leave – what can you do?
  • Information overloading – how to stop never ending requests for information and running down blind alleys
  • Refusing to participate – “I’m not coming”, not answering, and not even listening…just a few examples
  • Working from home – managing a rogue employee from a distance – what you can do when you can’t physically see the behaviour but hear about it from colleagues and team members
  • What are the next steps and how do you manage the process?

Debbie Hill, People & Culture Business Partner - Scion

2:20 - 3:00

Mud throwers – it’s everybody else

  • “You never told me about that so it doesn’t count” – what’s reasonable?
  • Your process…is it bullying? – “you’re just targeting me!”
  • Cross-complaints – trying to avoid one problem by alleging new ones…
  • Addressing vexatious complaints and avoiding unnecessary investigations
  • Destructive behaviour in the workplace – “hey you just insulted me!”

Shima Grice, Partner – Employment Law and Health & Safety - Sharp Tudhope Lawyers

3:00 - 3:30

Networking break - afternoon tea

3:30 - 4:10

Lone rangers - when they refuse to work as part of the team

  • How to get people sharing information – “I’m the only one that knows how to do this!”
  • Enforcing after hours obligations – “You can’t make me”
  • Total disregard for rules and regulations – “I really don’t care and it’s not my job!”
  • Your team’s obligation to learn, mentor and teach.

Christie McGregor, Partner - Holland Beckett Law

Abigail Pearce, Solicitor - Holland Beckett Law

4:10 - 4:50

Lazy afternooners - dealing with the poor excuses

  • How to reset the clock and deal with poor excuses – I come when I want to and go as I please
  • When performance drops after taking up flexible working arrangements – how can you reset expectations and ensure productivity is maintained with your remote teams?
  • Setting standards that raise and measure the bar – “Don’t I do enough?”
  • Oops – when a mistake is big enough to mean discipline
  • Where to find grounds for a warning – using intangibles, judgements, inappropriate behaviour and breach of policies/procedures
  • Going to mediation – getting your ducks in a row.

Beverley Edwards, Senior Solicitor - EMA

4:50 - 5:00

Closing comments from MC

Chris Longman, Employment Relations Consultant - EMA

Registration & Pricing

EMA Members

$ 349
00 +GST
  • Delegate Workbook
  • 3 CPD Hours


$ 489
00 +GST
  • Delegate Workbook
  • 3 CPD Hours

2 events, 1 day
Book both, take 20% Off

Book both events for yourself or someone else in your business and receive a 20% discount off both tickets – or you can book just one to attend, the choice is yours!

Investigating poor performance

Thursday, 6 May: 9.00AM – 12.30PM

Sometimes you need to reset expectations, sometimes you need a performance improvement plan, and sometimes it’s just the end of the relationship. When it comes to poor performance, it’s about process, documentation and having real conversations. Let’s get you protected and avoid potential constructive dismissal claims.

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