There are some things about workplace investigations that no one seems to mention.
I talk about them in the video from a presentation I gave a few weeks ago.
Here is a quick summary:
- When “workplace harassment” comes to mind our first thoughts might be of prominent men named in “me too” allegations. The reality is that few workplace harassers resemble Harvey Weinstein or R. Kelly. Granted, such characters are out there. But you’re more likely to come across the sales guy who throws temper tantrums, or the female manager who feels it is appropriate to comment on what other women are wearing.
- There is more bad management than workplace harassment. Yet this is cold comfort, as both will make good employees leave.
- Perhaps the biggest thing no one tell you: after an investigation, the folks involved will likely have to work together again. Employers need to have a plan in place to support them.
This presentation was a lot of fun, and I’ll be sharing more excerpts soon.
Want to learn more about workplace investigations? Check out another video about when to outsource an investigation. Read about my approach to investigations and how to repair relationships in the aftermath. You might also be interested in common pitfalls of investigations. Want to avoid harassment and investigations in the first place? Unfortunately, training may not be the answer.