Companies are realizing that silence is no longer an option when it comes to systemic racism and inequality. When the need for workplace investigations arise, it is important to be prepared to conduct the investigation quickly, thoughtfully, and proactively. Companies need to adopt policies and establish protocols that demonstrate intolerance.
An internal investigation is a formal inquiry to determine whether workplace policies or regulatory practices have been violated.
- Investigations aim to learn the truth and will follow an allegation of complaint, or an organizations policy breach.
- An internal investigation differs from a criminal investigation but shares some common ground.
Many companies are not aware that once an allegation of a violation becomes known, they are obligated to investigate.
A well-designed process for your internal investigations will not only protect your company, but it will also protect your employees and make them feel valued and safe knowing there are protocols in place if needed.
If your company strives to have a balanced harassment free workplace, be sure you are set up and prepared to do an internal investigation that aligns with your Human Resources protocols if such an allegation should arise.