How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation

The purpose of an investigation is a simple fact-finding mission. The length and depth of the investigation will depend on the complexity of the allegation against the employee.

What is the purpose of a workplace investigation?

The purpose of an investigation is a simple fact-finding mission. The length and depth of the investigation will depend on the complexity of the allegation against the employee.

Incident Report

An investigator will then compile what is called an incident report, which is simply a summary of the evidence the investigator has gathered.

Who should be the investigator?

The investigator will either be an internal staff member for smaller issues or an the investigator might have to be an external party if the matter is more complex and requires an arm’s length investigation.

What makes a good investigator?

A good investigator will follow a common sense and logical approach and they will investigate any new leads that pop up during the investigation.

Suspension

Suspensions can only be done in specific instances and always on full pay. The alleged conduct must be of a serious nature and there must be good reason to believe the Employee would hamper with the investigation or try to cover up what they have done.

Is there a template to follow?

There is no one size fits all template as to how to conduct your investigation. Your investigator will need to follow a common sense and logical approach which would not only ensure the investigation is done thoroughly but also show any internal weaknesses with the camera or security systems for instance.

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