How to Conduct your Workplace Investigation Like a Pro
Overview: When we think of workplace investigations, the most common thought is that of investigating harassment complaints. But workplace investigations are often necessary to discover, prevent and address other problems - such as theft, safety or OSHA issues, retaliation, vandalism, substance abuse, social media violations, company policy violations, and so on.As an employer you have a duty to investigate, and as an employee, you have an obligation to cooperate with the investigative process. But what if you have a recalcitrant complainant, wrongdoer or witness?You know that documentation and writing a final report are critical aspects of an investigation process - and should begin as soon as an employee makes a complaint.But do you know how to document the critical elements of a report so that you can minimize your liability? One of the first questions you need to consider is whether the complaint requires a full-blown formal investigation or a less formal resolution because the complaint is a minor policy violation.Do you know what steps to take if you need to search an employee's desk, computer, smart phone or locker? And when should you include legal counsel, and what evidence do you need to gather?Join this webinar by industry veteran Susan Strauss, who will answer all these questions - and teach you the art and science of conducting an investigation. Strauss will walk you through the best practices on how to conduct a fair and impartial investigation, and reduce your organization's risk of liability.Why should you AttendStrauss will teach you how to identify what constitutes a compliant, how to determine if an investigation is necessary, and discuss the key steps of an investigation.She will discuss the intricacies of interviewing the accuser, accused and witnesses - and show you how to create a safe environment in which to interview and establish rapport with your interviewees.She will demonstrate the good documentation practices you should follow, and teach you how to differentiate between formal and informal investigative procedures.Strauss will provide practical tips on how to detect when someone is lying, teach you how to conclude and follow up an investigation, and how to write a formal investigation report.After attending this webinar, you will be able to conduct fair and impartial investigations that support a positive work environment, protect your employees, and decrease the risk of your organization's liability.Areas Covered in the Session Identify what constitutes a complaintDetermine if an investigation is necessaryDiscuss the steps of an investigationExplore the intricacies of interviewing the accuser, accused and witnessesDemonstrate good documentationDifferentiate between a formal and informal investigative procedures searchesDetermine credibilityDiscuss tips on whether someone is lyingHelp you reach a conclusion following an investigationFollow up with appropriate action based on the outcome of the investigationHelp you write a formal report outlining the investigation Who Will Benefit VP of HRAll HR Directors, Managers, and GeneralistsDirector of Risk ManagementManagers and SupervisorsTeam LeadsHR Consultants Instructor: Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.Dr. Strauss has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment,bullying, and related topics. She has been featured on television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in human services and counseling, a
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