Upcoming Webinar: October 12, 2023 @ 12:30 P.M. (EDT)  |  Ethical Issues in Workplace Investigations: The Education Sector Edition Register Today!

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Serious insight for serious situations.

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With a little help from my support person

While you’re here, you may wish to attend one of our upcoming workshops:

A follow-up to our popular webinar from earlier this year, “Ethical Issues in Workplace Investigations,” in this webinar, we’ll consider the unique ethical issues that arise in investigations in the education sector specifically. What is ethically appropriate (or not) as an investigator when it comes to interviewing minors, communicating with parents, and dealing with evidence from social media?

For most people, participating in a workplace investigation is an unusual departure from their workplace routine.  Whether they are a complainant or a respondent, it can be a stressful interaction to sit in a room, with a stranger, and be asked about the details of something that happened, say, ten months ago.  One way to address this stress is by allowing a support person to attend the meeting.  Indeed, some institutions specifically contemplate the involvement of a support person in their policies.  But like anything connected to a workplace investigation you need to think about the support person’s attendance at the interview before it happens.   Here are some tips about involving support people in a workplace investigation interview.