When an organization receives an internal complaint, or notices some suspicious behavior, the HR department determines whether or not to launch an internal workplace investigation. Sometimes a full investigation isn’t necessary, but if there is any doubt involving the situation, it’s better to conduct a formal workplace investigation to protect workers and intellectual property, as well as prevent litigation.
Reasons for workplace investigations
There are a variety of actions that warrant an investigation in the workplace. Human Resources departments are equipped to handle complaints, even ones that are reported anonymously. An investigation includes reviewing employee data collected regarding the incident (emails, browser history, server access), and interviewing all parties who were involved. By conducting thorough workplace investigations when warranted, employers can create an environment of safety, trust, and productivity.
Violation of federal law, company policy, and security use protocol are all grounds for workplace investigations.