HR professionals, as well as those in management positions, need to be prepared to handle the transgressions and misconduct that occurs in the workplace. Ideally, these same professionals should be able to prevent them as well. Although every investigation will be unique in its details and circumstances, there are proper protocols to be taken regarding an investigation and its timeliness. When conducted appropriately, investigations work to protect the individual or individuals affected, along with the interests of the organization. This is accomplished by accurately identifying wrongdoings, offering support to employees, and rendering informed and objective decisions.

Following such guiding principles can help safeguard positive workplace relations and manage organizational risk. For more information related to workplace investigation timelines, be sure to check out the infographic paired alongside this post.

Workplace Investigation Timeline from HR Acuity, a company specializing in employee relations software