5 Top Tips For Effective Workplace Investigations

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A workplace investigation is an exercise to gather facts and evidence on what did or did not happen in the workplace. It is an important process for determining fair and consistent actions in the workplace.

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1. Identify an appropriate investigator

Make sure you appoint someone who is impartial in the situation, and where possible appoint someone who won’t be required for any subsequent stages of the process if necessary i.e a hearing or subsequent appeal

2. Make a plan for the investigation

Consider exactly what evidence/who you might need to interview for a fully informed and fair investigation and be open to including more as the investigation plays out, for example, if there is a further witness named.

3. Plan your questions

When interviewing staff plan your questions in advance, challenge and test the information they give in a way that is not intimidating and remember to explore the relationships and motives of interviewees to help you assess the credibility of the evidence.

4. Evaluate the evidence

Look for corroboration or disparity in individual’s accounts, analyse the facts and refer to company policies.

5. Draw conclusions

Draw conclusions about what probably did or did not happen, remembering that you only need to conclude what is most likely to have occurred on the balance of probability.

Remember! The investigator should make recommendations for actions going forward but it is not their job to decide a sanction.

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