We are strong people who advocate for change.
We believe resilience is our birthright, yet we do not consider this is a skill required in the workplace context. Workplaces should be a safe space, workers should never be placed in a situation where this inner power is needed to be employed.
Although our background lies in industrial relations, more commonly known as employment law, we are by no means experts. Anything beyond our scope is outsourced to those with expertise, designed to buffer the blowout after a toxic workplace experience. This extends to the health profession and, more importantly, mental health professionals.
This site has been designed to with a practical application of the black and white letter of the law in mind, but the real icing on the cute cupcake lies in the resources and coping tools. Any person with legal mind can offer you the advice you need, but it is the tools to navigate around the personalities and power plays that is key to offloading the old and bringing in the new. Keep in mind, it might be the new you. There’s no guarantee your workplace perpetrator of abuse will get the boot, but that, at the end of the day, does not matter. What is of importance is your mental well-being and escaping safely. Join us as we do the same, with our former employers, large trade unions based around Australia and, maybe, in the future, overseas.
Amidst appalling treatment, unfair actions or adverse outcomes while at work, or anywhere in life, it can be hard to work out who you are and what you need to do in order to break free. It is simple:
Stay In Your Own LaneSimone Louise
A mentor, integral in dragging me out of the most toxic place of employment I know, used to tell me this at weekly sessions. Talk therapy and life lessons via her positive framework of the place employment being like the school yard, I am now out the other side grateful for the experience. Others, like me, make up the core group who offer tips, tools and solutions to everyday problems at work, as well as the larger issues such as bullying, harassment, discrimination and the like. Not to diminish your experience at work, it’s encapsulated here as those three examples due to the sheer number of ways people can use a variety of methods to harangue and harass their chosen target or victim. The only option you have is to keep being you or, in the words of Simone Louise, ‘Stay in your own lane.’ The only other option is to stoop to their level and, based on how low they go, no one wants you to see you go so far below the belt line you’ll never be able to put on your big girl or boy pants and move on.
What has been done to me has changed me, but we were never meant to stay the same. Change is the only constant in life and, for that reason, we must embrace it.