HR Investigations tend to happen quickly, with the triggering event setting things into motion and demanding some kind of response almost immediately. There is also a desire to resolve the issue in short order. However, when things are moving this fast, errors can arise. This is why having repeatable processes in place is of key importance.

With that in mind, here are 4 best practices for conducting an HR Investigation:

Develop an Investigation Plan

The seriousness, complexity, and potentially delicate nature of internal investigations demand careful planning and organization. “Winging it” or taking an ad hoc approach to an investigation is not a viable approach. Therefore, once an investigator has been assigned to a matter, they must create a plan for each facet of the investigation.