Tailored workplace education just the ticket.
For many people in our community a large part of the day is spent at work, commuting to and from work, or thinking about work. In some cases inequality, discrimination and harassment still occurs at work and the costs to affected individuals and organisation can be considerable.
The Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) of South Australia provides tailored education services to local organisations and businesses to effectively tackle and prevent these issues. The programs help staff and management better understand their rights and responsibilities and enable organisations to realise the benefits of implementing best practice.
Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, Anne Gale, describes Wallis Cinemas as an excellent example of a proactive business, reaping the benefits of implementing best practice to prevent discrimination in the workplace.
Paul Besanko, Marketing Manager for Wallis Cinemas, believes that workplaces need to provide a safe environment for staff.
‘When staff feel comfortable and valued, the benefit for Wallis Cinemas is that our customers are more likely to have an exceptional experience at the movies.’ Mr Besanko said.
’EOC’s training not only helps Wallis as an organisation, but drives lasting change for our staff in their future careers, benefitting the community as a whole, as they implement these practices both professionally and personally.’
The EOC receives complaints from South Australian workers, with claims of discrimination in relation to race, disability, sex, age and pregnancy. Employees also raise complaints regarding sexual harassment and victimisation in the workplace.
To address complaints, the EOC provides conciliation services to help organisations and employees resolve their differences. 2012-13 saw 47 per cent of complaints resolved primarily through apology, training or financial compensation.
For more information about the EOC, training packages and your rights and responsibilities under employment law visit www.eoc.sa.gov.au
Home page photo: EOC Conciliation and Training Officer Robyn Dwight with Wallis Cinemas’ Marketing Manager Paul Besanko.