Independent Workplace Investigation
Independent Workplace Investigations involves an outside expert coming into a workplace with an eye to see all sides of the conflict narrative and is usually a last resort after attempts at conflict resolution or mediations have not been successful. They are often conducted by lawyers and I am not a lawyer. My strengths come out of being an outstanding researcher with 30+ years of experience in analyzing and reporting on evidence-based data as a researcher and conflict management expert who has produced 100s of research papers, reports, and presentations.
I believe in uncovering disputes as information is often buried or obscured—knowingly or unknowingly—by the participants due to their conflict narratives. My investigative approach allows me to be impartial as I gather that facts from arguments, disputes, falsehoods, deception, and bias. The process begins fact gathering which usually includes the complaint, when it was lodged, the complaintant(s), when the dispute occurred, what the workplace has done up until contacting me, and a summary of the actions and who was involved.
Next, I move to conducting interviews with the accuser and the accused as well as any “witnesses” who can support either party. Once all the data and evidence is gathered, I analyze everything and write a report for the employer in which I lay out what I uncovered and my recommendations for action.
I am always conscious of the fact that a workplace investigation is emotion-laden and that accusing parties expect retribution and the accused party expects vindication; however, I report on the facts and just the facts as I must sift through and read between the lines of the disputes to arrive at an evidence-based conclusions and, in my case, encourage the employer to take some form of action based on the thoroughly-written report.
Independent workplace investigations are billed at 375.00 + GST per hour