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Confidently Handling Workplace Investigations

Workplace investigations can be awkward, or scary, or at the very least disruptive and inconvenient.

Investigation meetings themselves can be challenging, recording and evaluating findings and drawing clear conclusions can be complicated, and there are lots of tactics that individuals can use to frustrate the process.

So typically managers try to avoid disciplinary and grievance investigations, or put them off, which isn’t a good option. Delay often makes matters worse, and can leave you open to challenge.

The statutory framework and guidance, and most organisations’ own policies aren’t much help.

It’s the practical and human aspects of an investigation where the challenges lie and you won’t find those in the policies.

‘Hold an investigation meeting’ seems pretty clear.  But how do you open and close the meeting? What questions do you ask? What if someone becomes angry or tearful or gives no comment responses?  What if they raise a counter grievance during the meeting? Or record the meeting without your consent?

About the course

The workshop is delivered by one of our HR Consultants based on their own extensive experience of conducting investigations, and so they can answer all your practical questions.

They’ll share their experiences and insights and give you the skills and confidence you need to carry out effective investigations yourself. It’s fun and highly interactive, and includes skills practice through group exercises, role plays, trainer-led discussions and case studies.

What will the outcomes be?

  • A solid awareness of an employer’s legal obligations in relation to workplace investigations, and how they fit into disciplinary and grievance processes.
  • The core skills and knowledge needed to conduct a fair and thorough workplace investigation, including questioning techniques and note taking.
  • Skills to evaluate findings and draw clear conclusions once an investigation has been completed.
  • An awareness of the practical obstacles, obstructions and mistakes that can happen, and how to deal with or pre-empt them.

Who is it for?

Line Managers and HR Professionals.

Date and time:

Tuesday 28th January 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm


TrainTogether Training Suite, 128a High Street, Holywood BT18 9HW


£295 ex VAT, including lunch and refreshments


Places are strictly limited to 15, so to avoid disappointment


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