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Respect in the Workplace: Workplace Harassment Investigations - A Practice Guide

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The work world has changed.

What used be acceptable forms of behavior between peers, and between boss and direct report, are now 'harassing' behaviors. Everyone in the workplace is expected to be respectful in the way they work with team mates and manage their subordinates.

As a result, the number of workplace harassment investigations is constantly increasing.

The investigators who conduct them must themselves work in ways that get at the 'below the surface' truth, while staying respectful of the complainants, witnesses, and alleged offenders with whom they interact. The relationship dynamics of those of 'professional to workplace peer', not the dynamics of law enforcement officer to possible accused, or with of court room lawyer to the 'other side's' witness. 
As a result, the number of workplace harassment investigations is constantly increasing. The investigators who conduct them must themselves work in ways that get at the 'below the surface' truth, while staying respectful of the complainants, witnesses, and alleged offenders with whom they interact. The relationship dynamics of those of 'professional to workplace peer', not the dynamics of law enforcement officer to possible accused, or with of court room lawyer to the 'other side's' witness. 

If you are an executive with the need to commission a workplace investigation into harassment, whatever form it takes,

or

you are an experienced investigator being asked to conduct such an investigation, this guide is for you.

The Chapters:


1: Overview of An Investigation's Progress

2: Discovery of Legally Actionable Findings

3: Ensuring Investigation Fair Process

4: Evidence and the '3 Test" Framework

5: Conducting Interviews

6: "Lack of Respect in the Workplace": OD Intervention Playbook

7: Legislative and Social Psychological Background

Appendix 1: Sample Report: "Conduct of the Investigation"

Appendix 2: Sample Forms and Templates

Append 3: Sample Witness Interview Schedule

Appendix 4: The Right Talent: What We Do

 What is in this Guide for you?


This practice guide lays out all of the processes and steps that today’s workplace harassment investigators need to know to thoughtfully conduct such investigations. It’s seven Chapters summarize the deep experience gained by carrying out toxic workplace, sexual harassment and other workplace investigations. Its Appendixes provide sample reports, forms and communication templates. The work world has changed. What used be acceptable forms of behavior between peers, and between boss and direct report, are now 'harassing' behaviors. Everyone in the workplace is expected to be respectful in the way they work with team mates and manager their subordinates.

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