PART I - Protect Your Career: How to Think Like a Workplace Investigator

For all the value and insights an investigation may contribute to a company, much depends on the skills and efforts of the investigator assigned to that case. An investigator, however, cannot contribute much—for this case and future ones—if he becomes collateral damage to the investigation.

There is no sure-fire way for an investigator to protect against accusations of improper investigative conduct. Considering the nature of the matters investigated and the consequences for employees committing misconduct, an investigator always risks accusations of misconduct. An investigator should do everything reasonably possible to reduce this risk. Fortunately, there are a number of protective steps an investigator can take.

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