The Challenge (and Top Tips) of Workplace Investigations

 By Melanie Vipond, CPHR In your your day-to-day role as an HR professional, you realize that most workplace conflicts can be resolved informally. Unfortunately, as you also know, there are those conflicts that benefit from a more formal approach. Certain conflicts...

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HR in the Mirror: Reflecting on Workplace Investigations

By Marli Rusen I recently developed a six step “Mirror Method” to effectively monitor, review and remedy dysfunctional workplace behaviour. I call it the “Mirror Method” because I passionately believe that the first step to successfully resolving any issue is...

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7 Traits of Highly Effective Investigations

By David Brown For a variety of reasons, workplace investigations are becoming increasingly common in businesses of all sizes. Investigations can be required under law (for example, under the Workers’ Compensation Act or the Human Rights Code), under collective-bargaining agreements...

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Workplace Investigations: Where And Why They Fail

By Gareth Jones Workplace investigations can be about virtually anything — alleged harassment, grievance, inappropriate use of the Internet, company property or social media, theft, fraud, bullying. But these investigations have one thing in common.  Almost inevitably, someone is going...

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Searching for Skeletons in the Closet: The Essentials of an Effective Workplace Investigation

By David M. Brown Workplace investigations are becoming increasingly common in businesses of all sizes. Sometimes, these investigations are required under law, such as in the case of Occupational Health & Safety concerns or a Workers’ Compensation claim. Other times they...

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Super Sleuth Workplace Tips

By Taryn Mackie and TJ Schmaltz CSI’s Gil Grissom is one of television’s most celebrated detectives — time and time again, he cracks the case!  Fortunately, you don’t have to be on CSI to be a super sleuth in the...

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A Flawed Investigation is a Recipe for Trouble

By James D. Kondopulos “There is no specific standard of investigation that employers must follow ... Nevertheless, how the employer reacts is subject to judicial scrutiny.  Its responsibilities do not give it licence to conduct an inept or unfair investigation or...

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Workplace Investigations Done Right

By Robert Smithson One of the tasks for which many managers are unprepared is the workplace investigation. The guidelines for performing this function effectively are straightforward enough but aren’t necessarily always obvious. The need for a workplace investigation can arise out...

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