Support staff workplace responsibilities - Powerpoint presentation
Scenario 8 – John
John - a supported employee at a small business service
Gail - John's supervisor
Robbie - another supervisor
John is 45 and a supported employee in a small business service. He regularly picks flowers from the garden for his female supervisor, Gail, and often leaves lollies on her desk.
Gail accepts the small gifts as she does not want to offend John. Although Gail is married and has two small children, John has reportedly been telling the other employees that she is his girlfriend; they love each other.
[John – whistling and talking to himself]: I think they're lovely. She's gunna love them.
[Gail]: Hi, Robbie – thanks for coming over. I just feel more secure with a second opinion on this new record system before we go ahead with it.
[Robbie]: Hey, what lovely flowers!
[Gail]: Yes, they're from John.
[Robbie]: John from the warehouse?
[Gail]: Yes. He's forever bringing me bits and pieces and leaving them on my desk. Sweet, really – I should probably say something to him but I don't want to offend him. I suppose it doesn't do any harm. My kids and my husband tease me about it.
[Gail]: Is something wrong?
[Robbie]: (clearing his throat): Ah, no, not at all.
[Gail]: Come on, what is it?
[Robbie]: Well, I'm not sure but I think John has a thing for you.
[Gail]: What? You have to be joking. Why do you say that?
[Robbie]: One of my staff was talking about a supervisor and a staff member having an affair. It was a hot topic … and I have to say, it caused heaps of goss for a few days. I just thought it was all a bit of a joke.
- How do you feel about what you saw?
- How can situations like this develop?
- What do you think Gail will do?
- What are the implications for John?
- What are the key issues here?
- Which Disability Services Standards does this scenario relate to?
- What are your organisation's policies and procedures in relation to this kind of scenario?
- Are there policies and procedures in your organisation that you need to revise or update as a result of examining this scenario?
- Are there legal or other issues that relate to this scenario? What are they? Is there any legislation you should be aware of that relates to this scenario?
- Gail sees that she is being kind to John. Is she?
- Is she being an effective supervisor?
- How is status at work an issue in this scenario?
- How could a situation like this affect other working relationships?
- What should Gail have done differently? Why?
- How did you feel about us discussing this topic?
- What did you learn?
- How will you apply what you have learned?