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Resources for Workplace Investigation

Undergoing a workplace investigation? Here are three recent articles to keep you up-to-date with current practices and shed some light on important elements of the investigation:


New Guidance on Workplace Bullying Published

Read the full article on Lexology


Are You Following These 16 Investigation Best Practices?

Don’t berate an interview subject. Don’t dive right into an investigation without a plan. Don’t overlook potential sources of evidence. You probably know these things (and the other things not to do), but when was the last time you brushed up on investigation best practices? We’ve compiled 16 tips from investigation experts across disciplines to ensure your next investigation is timely, fair, organized and effective.

Read the full article on i-Sight


Diversity & Inclusion – Not the Same Thing

In this article I want to speak more generally to the issue of diversity and inclusion and the importance and impact of these practices to your entire organization. Diversity and inclusion are terms that are often mistakenly thought of as synonymous, but  their distinct meanings are  important for us to be aware of whether you are engaged in workplace investigations or are a regulator (also a workplace).

Read the full article on Benard & Associates

Toxic & Conflicted Workplaces

How do you prevent conflict in the workplace from boiling over into an altogether toxic environment? Here are two articles that address these topics:


How To Recognize The Warning Signs Of A Toxic Workplace

Research shows that a toxic workplace can lead to depression, substance abuse, and health issues. If you are starting to feel like workplace problems are affecting you negatively, it might be time to reevaluate.

Read the full article on Forbes


The 7 Conflict Styles Of People You Argue With At Work

Disagreeing with co-workers is inevitable in any job. It’s normal and even encouraged in some situations to clash with colleagues in order to get the best work done. But not all of us have the right tools to do it thoughtfully. Some of us can get aggressive, manipulative or all too silent.

Read the full article on the Huffington Post

Harassment, Sexual Harassment & Violence

These two recent articles on mediating workplace sexual harassment and preventing violence and harassment in the workplace caught our attention:


Mediating Workplace Sexual Harassment: The Road Less Taken

A claim of workplace sexual harassment involves more than two parties: the complainant, the alleged harasser and the employer, each bringing different interests to the table. However, one common factor that all fear is the hideousness of these claims. 

Read the full article on Mediate


Bill C-65: Importance of violence and harassment risk assessment

When establishing programs for the prevention of violence and harassment, organizations must consider all the hazards and related risks that could lead to workers experiencing violence or harassment.

Read the full article on Talent Canada

Preparing for Workplace Assessment

Workplace assessment is an important early step in resolving conflict, but how do you get started? Here are two articles we wanted to share to help you prepare for the assessment process:


Workplace assessments: what you need to know

Janice Rubin, co-founder of Toronto law firm Rubin Thomlinson, says workplace assessments can be an invaluable tool to identifying inappropriate behaviour before it becomes a legal issue. Here, she explains exactly what they are and why HR professionals should adopt them.

Read the full article on Human Resources Director


What is Reasonable Management Action?

When a bullying or harassment complaint is made against a manager it is important to consider if the behaviour of the manager was bullying or Reasonable Management Action.

Read the full article on Australian Workplace Training & Investigation

Resources for a better workplace in 2021

When’s the right time to begin the process of improving your workplace environment and preventing issues of harassment and bullying? The answer is always: right now.

Here are some great resources we’ve come across recently to help:


The Impact of Microaggressions – An Introductory Training

Discover techniques to minimize the occurrence of microaggressions and ways to respond when someone has been microaggressive.

View the full presentation on the University of Nebraska website


5 Tips for Managing Workplace Conflict in 2021

How does one plan for managing conflict in the workplace in the midst of a global pandemic, presidential transition in the United States, and overall uncertainty throughout the world? What does conflict resolution look like in a virtual or hybrid workplace if it is no longer possible to meet a colleague by the watercooler or stop by a supervisor’s office to casually run something by them? Regardless of what is going on in the world, conflict will always be constant.

Read the full article on Black Enterprise

Leadership in the Workplace

Leadership is an important element in every workplace. Here are some articles we’ve come across recently that are great resources for fostering leadership in your work environment:


8 Proven Strategies to Workplace Excellence

In great places to work, conscious attitudes, behaviours and core values combine to create a place where people want to make and grow their careers.

Read Lori Sone-Cooper’s full post on LinkedIn


Try these 4 self-improvement strategies to become a better leader

Leadership coach Amy Kan says when we develop this discipline, we are more likely to achieve our personal objectives but also become more inspiring, innovative leaders for the people in our lives who need us right now.

Read the full article on Fast Company

Member Spotlight on Mediation Beyond Borders

Tom Girling of Blue Mediation was recently profiled as a Member Spotlight on the Mediation Beyond Borders website, speaking about mediation in the law enforcement workplace.

Read the full article here:

Bringing Mediation into the Law Enforcement Workplace. Member Spotlight: Tom Girling

Articles on Mental Health

Mental health is a major topic in the news right now, from law enforcement to workplace investigation to even the stress of working from home. Here are some recent mental health-related articles we wanted to share:


Canadian police officers fear stigma of reporting mental health issues: survey

A cross-Canada survey of more than 800 officers has found that despite beefed-up officer wellness programs and growing awareness about the psychological toll of the job, stigma still surrounds mental illness in policing.

Read the full article on the Toronto Star


Feeling exhausted after video chats? There’s a reason for that

Technology like Zoom — which surged from 10 million users to more than 300 million in a matter of months last year — places physical restraints on users, requires more cognitive labour, can amount to an “all-day mirror,” and forces everyone to stare at each other.

Read the full article on CTV News


Trauma-informed Interviewing: Lessons for Harassment Investigators

Whether it be past inter-generational trauma, military service, violence or even the alleged events currently being investigated, interviewing a witness burdened with traumatic memories is becoming an increasingly common occurrence in workplace investigations.

Read the full article on Lexology

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Here are two recent articles we wanted to pass on relating to sexual harassment in the workplace.


Respect@Work: Community Guide to the Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020)

Workplace sexual harassment is not inevitable. It is not acceptable. It is preventable.

Read the full article from the Australian Human Rights Commission


AHRC National Sexual Harassment Inquiry: Takeaways for workplace investigations

The Commission reports that sexual harassment in the workplace is “prevalent and pervasive” and occurs “in every industry, in every location and at every level”. The reported statistics are that 39% of women and 26% of men in the workforce report that they have been sexually harassed in the workplace. In addition to the personal costs, there are very real financial impacts, including from lost productivity and staff turnover.

Read the full article on WorkplaceSolutions

Workplace Conflict Vs. Bullying

For those of your with Lexology accounts, we recommend this two-part series on Prima Facia considerations regarding workplace conflict and bullying.


Is it Workplace Conflict or Bullying? Prima Facie Considerations

Read part 1 on Lexology

Read part 2 on Lexology