investigations and fact finding

Investigations and fact finding

Whenever a grievance or disciplinary issue is raised, it is important that you ensure a thorough investigation takes place. The investigation phase is arguably the most critical part of these procedure. Without it, or if it is done badly, you will most likely reach the wrong outcome and exacerbate the original issue. Therefore to avoid this, it is important to follow the correct process.

What should an investigation look like?

The size and scope of the investigation will depend on the matter being raised. It is important that you start to investigate as soon as possible. Before you start, however, it is a good idea to ask the following questions to determine the scope of the investigation. Were there any witnesses? Has the matter been admitted by the alleged perpetrator? Is it something that can be proven without the need to interview colleagues (apart from a technical expert perhaps)? All these things will determine how wide the scope of the investigation needs to be. 

Fact finding

Who should chair the investigation?

Ideally this should be a separate manager to the one who would chair any subsequent disciplinary or grievance hearing. This may not be possible in smaller organisations but it could be a good idea to get an independent professional to chair the investigation. This therefore leaves the line manager to hear any subsequent disciplinary meeting.

What help can I get with investigations?

We can help in two different ways. Either we can chair the investigation as an independent manager or we can support the manager with HR Advice and take notes. However you want to engage us, you are guaranteed quality HR support to help your investigation go smoothly. Therefore don’t struggle alone, contact us for support today!

Who are Cornerstone Resources?

Based in South Manchester, Cornerstone Resources offer a complete HR service to businesses, charities and churches. Because we have over 40 years combined experience in HR, we can offer you an enviable combination of professional expertise and a service based on integrity and honesty. Best of all, we can save you time and money. 

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