Addressing Bias in the Workplace: How a Third-Party Investigator Can Help

By |2021-08-16T11:46:58-06:00August 18th, 2021|Workplace Investigations|

In recent years, the concept of unconscious (or implicit) bias in the workplace – whether in recruitment practices, retention, or workplace investigations, has come into sharper focus. As a species that utilizes patterns as a means of interpreting the world around us, we are all susceptible to some level of bias. When it comes to workplace [...]

The Challenges of Maintaining Employee Privacy During a Workplace Investigation

By |2021-08-12T16:41:05-06:00May 5th, 2021|Privacy, Workplace Investigations|

Regardless of your company culture, policies or procedures, odds are at some point; you’ll need to conduct a workplace investigation. By promptly and properly addressing an issue through a fair, organized and unbiased process, you’re likely to save your company time, money and hassle down the road. However, if the purpose of an investigation is [...]

What Does a Remote Workplace Investigation Look Like?

By |2021-08-12T16:54:17-06:00February 24th, 2021|Workplace Investigations|

When companies originally started to work remotely due to COVID-19, many organizations were forced to transition their teams to an entirely new working model within a matter of days. As a result, certain business practices were put off to the side to be handled once things “returned to normal” and employees were back at the [...]

What Role Does Intersectionality Play in Workplace Investigations?

By |2021-04-17T04:04:32-06:00January 27th, 2021|Workplace Investigations|

Proper workplace investigations aren’t possible without an understanding and consideration of intersectionality. This article will explore what intersectionality is, how the concepts can be incorporated in your company policies and procedures, and the role it plays in workplace investigations. What is Intersectionality?  Intersectionality is an analytical framework used to understand how a person’s overlapping identities [...]

3 Reasons Employees Fail to Report Misconduct at Work

By |2021-04-17T04:04:33-06:00November 25th, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

In recent years, workplace misconduct has been in the spotlight. Between the wake of the #MeToo movement and high-profile bullying and harassment cases involving celebrities, politicians and corporate executives, this important issue has garnered plenty of media attention. However, despite the growing awareness of how damaging misconduct can be, it begs the question: Why does [...]

Workplace Bullying: Causes, Effects and Prevention

By |2021-04-17T04:04:33-06:00October 21st, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

Recent insights from Statistics Canada uncover just how widespread and problematic workplace bullying has become within Canadian workplaces. The results, based on StatsCan’s General Social Survey, revealed that 19% of Canadian women and 13% of men reported being harassed in the workplace, with verbal abuse being the most common form of harassment. As part of [...]

Managing and Conducting Workplace Investigations Fairly

By |2021-04-17T04:04:34-06:00September 16th, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

While employers may be aware of their obligation to take workplace complaints seriously, uncertainty persists around investigating allegations of misconduct properly and fairly. In this article, we shed some light on how "fairness" is defined and understood in the context of a workplace investigation, common mistakes employers make when investigating complaints, consequences of a shoddy [...]

As Work Moves Home, So Does Bullying And Harassment

By |2021-04-17T04:04:34-06:00August 12th, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

The coronavirus lockdown measures moved many workplaces home, and in some cases, bullying and harassment have followed. Is the Future of Work Remote? A recent Gartner survey suggests that 74% of CFO's and finance leaders plan to shift at least 5% of previously on-site employees to permanently remote positions after the pandemic. And while not [...]

Is Your Remote Workplace Toxic?

By |2021-04-17T04:04:35-06:00July 15th, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

If you're like most people in 2020, you've probably found yourself working and leading from home, experiencing a multitude of operational complexities and concerns. One area of focus that mustn't be ignored is maintaining and promoting a professional and respectful workplace culture. When you work from home, every day might be (very) casual Friday, but [...]

Conducting Remote Workplace Investigations

By |2021-04-17T04:04:35-06:00June 10th, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

Across the globe, as people continue to work from home, there is a very good chance you have employees who are experiencing, at the hands of their co-workers, personal and sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination, and retaliation. And to complicate matters, while economies are starting to open back up, it is expected that for many organizations, [...]

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