Conducting Workplace Investigations

A workplace investigation should be conducted in a thorough, consistent and objective manner using a standard process. It is important that employer’s implement a minimum standard in the design and execution of workplace investigations to ensure consistency.

1.5 Hours
Suggested Course Length

Introduction to Workplace Investigations

An investigation is a fact-finding exercise to collect all the relevant information on a matter. A properly conducted investigation can enable an employer to fully consider the matter and then make an informed decision on it.

10 Minutes
Suggested Chapter Length

Investigation Process

A workplace investigation should be conducted in a thorough, consistent and objective manner using a standard process.

10 Minutes
Suggested Chapter Length

Organisational Preparation

The first step in the investigation process is organisational preparation and specifically to decide if an investigation is necessary.

15 Minutes
Suggested Chapter Length

An Investigator’s Preparation

The second step in the investigation process is the investigator’s preparation and specifically to draft an investigation plan.

10 Minutes
Suggested Chapter Length

Handling an Investigation Meeting

The third step in the process is handling an investigation meeting. While investigation meetings will often be needed, some investigations will only require the collection of written and physical evidence. In these circumstances, an investigator will not need to follow this step.

15 Minutes
Suggested Chapter Length

Gathering Evidence

The fourth step in the process is gathering evidence and specifically to arrange and agree on witness statements.

10 Minutes
Suggested Chapter Length

Writing an Investigation or Incident Report

The fifth step in the process is writing an investigation or incident report and plan the structure of the report.

10 Minutes
Suggested Chapter Length

After an Investigation is Completed

The sixth and last step in the process is action to be taken after the investigation is completed.

10 Minutes
Suggested Chapter Length

Philip van Vuuren

Philip van Vuuren

- Course Instructor -
 
Philip has a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of South Africa and an Advanced Certificate in Labour Law from the North-West University (NWU).

He is an experienced human resources professional with more than 30 years Senior Management experience (both local and international companies) in various human resource functions.

He was the Executive Head of Employee Relations for a number of years at Vodacom S.A and enjoys mentoring young and high potential individuals to achieve their goals.

Philip is currently the owner and Director at the Consulting Bench (Pty) Ltd

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