Bootcamp: Conducting A Workplace Investigation Techniques To Determine Facts & Writing Report

Susan Strauss
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When we think of workplace investigations, the most common thought is that of investigating harassment complaints. However, there are so many other forms of workplace misconduct that require investigations such as theft, safety or OSHA issues, retaliation, vandalism, working off the clock, substance abuse, social media violations, and violations of various company policies, as examples.

Usually, this responsibility is left to HR, and sometimes to management, and there may be a need to determine if an outside investigator, such as law enforcement or an IT professional, is the best person to investigate.  Conducting an investigation is both a science and an art. There is the scientific/technical aspect of ensuring the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed to minimize liability. And there is the ‘art’ of investigating in establishing rapport with those you interview,  creating a safe environment in which to interview and recognizing that interviewees are usually stressed during the interview process.

As an employer, you have a duty to investigate. Employees have an obligation to cooperate with the investigative process—but what if you have a recalcitrant complainant, wrong-doer, or witness? Documentation and writing a final report are critical aspects of an investigation process which begins as soon as an employee makes a complaint—do you know how to document? Do you know the critical elements of a final report to minimize liability? One of the first questions you, as an HR professional, need to consider is whether the complaint requires a full-blown formal investigation or if a less formal resolution is appropriate because the complaint is a minor policy violation.

What do you do if you need to search the employee’s desk, computer, smartphone, or locker? Other questions that need to be answered are when do you include legal counsel? What evidence do you need to gather? This webinar will focus on these issues by discussing best practices to ensure you are conducting a fair and impartial investigation that will support a positive work environment, protect employees and the organization, and decrease the risk of liability.

Areas Covered:-

  • To identify what constitutes a complaint
  • To determine if  an investigation is necessary
  • To discuss  the steps of an investigation
  • To explore the intricacies of interviewing the accuser, accused, and witnesses
  • To demonstrate good documentation
  • To differentiate between formal and informal investigative procedures searches
  • To determine credibility
  • To discuss tips on whether someone is lying
  • To reach a conclusion following an investigation
  • To Follow up with appropriate action based on the outcome of the investigation
  • To write a formal report outlining the investigation

Why Should You Attend:-

The webinar addresses laws that HR and sometimes others are responsible for upholding. When the laws are not followed, it increases the liability of the organization and interferes with a fair and equitable work environment for employees. As well, there are financial costs for NOT investigating including - Costs related to absenteeism, turnover, liability based on civil rights and criminal laws,

Who Will Benefit:-

This webinar is for all industries so identifying specific job titles is not realistic. That said, the following general job titles should attend:

  • VP of HR
  • All HR directors, managers, and generalists
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • Director of Risk Management
  • Team leads
  • HR Consultants

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