Category: Investigative Tips

Guidelines for Investigation Interviews

Definition Employee Investigation Interviews are set up to review claims made by employees regarding discrimination, harassment, violence, or other prohibited behaviors in the workplace.   The Interview Process When you conducting employee investigation interviews, the interview process should be carefully planned, followed, and documented to help mitigate exposure to litigation. The sequence of interviews should…


Factors to Consider in an Investigative Interview

The interview element of a workplace investigative interview isn’t easy and it can be even more difficult when there are conflicting responses to investigative interview questions. The number of people interviewed can also affect the investigator’s ability to determine credibility. Too few (ie, just the complainant and the subject) and it becomes one person’s word against…


Using Social Media in Investigations

Is your employee vacationing somewhere sunny while on sick leave? Or is she, perhaps, enjoying a jog through the park while off on disability with a broken leg? You found out about these events because of posts made on social media sites, but can you use the information as evidence in an investigation? Social Media Investigations Findings…


Overview of the PEACE Method: investigative Interviews

The PEACE Method of investigative interviews is best suited for detailed employee investigations, and you need a strict understanding of the processes involved, so you can execute it properly. I am writing to provide you with a detailed overview of the PEACE Method, so you can decide if you are interested in trying it for…


Tips to Identify Employee Theft

Whether it’s downloading and sharing company confidential information (a hot topic these days), manipulating expense reports, or stealing merchandise- employee theft and fraud is a serious issue for business owners. In fact, studies show that occupational fraud now results in the loss of five percent of an organization’s annual revenue. Here are some tips for…


5 Non-Verbal Indicators in Interviews

When setting up a room for conducting an investigation interview, there are a few basic rules the investigator should keep in mind. Aside from making the interviewee feel as comfortable as possible, the interview room should also facilitate clear communication, including non-verbal. This means that there should be no physical barriers between the interviewee and…


PEACE Method of Investigative Interviews- Overview

A number of police forces through the world are using a model of investigative interviews that is more information gathering as compared to obtaining a confession from a suspect. As we in the safety world are concerned with gathering information following an accident I thought the technique might be of interest to readers. The method…