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Conducting Employee Relations Investigations: 2 More Strategies for Creating Consistent Internal Investigation Processes

In my previous post, I discussed 3 Strategies for creating consistent investigative processes: Create a specific model for how the ER team (or HR, or Compliance team) actually operates Identify, through a needs analysis, what knowledge and skill gaps exist with the current team members regarding how to conduct internal investigations.  Implement an effective internal [...]

By |2020-06-22T15:31:48+00:00June 19th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Conducting Employee Relations Investigations: The Top 3 Strategies for Creating Consistent Investigative Processes

Recently I had the opportunity to review some very current data regarding employee relations and internal investigations from one of our strategic partners, HRAcuity.  According to their latest benchmark study, there was a significant change in data regarding how organizations are managing their internal investigations processes. Based on this recent data, there was an increase [...]

By |2020-06-16T16:50:03+00:00June 16th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Best Practices in Conducting Virtual Interviews in HR Investigations

HR and Employee Relations investigators are increasingly managing investigations in the virtual space.  Sometimes the issue is simply logistics in interviewing field employees or simply the costs associated with corporate travel.  And, in during the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue has been a public safety issue in requiring social distancing. If you are an HR or [...]

By |2020-04-14T20:24:19+00:00April 14th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Best Practices in Conducting Virtual Interviews in HR Investigations

Paid FMLA and Paid Sick Leave – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

All of us are currently experiencing the effects of the Coronavirus on our personal and professional lives.  For HR professionals, our role is to stay informed about legislative changes, cascade critical information to senior leadership to ensure compliance, and align our organizations through effective communication to employees.  Below I have provided a summary of details [...]

By |2020-03-19T16:31:37+00:00March 19th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Paid FMLA and Paid Sick Leave – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

Investigations Training for HR Professionals: Why is it Essential?

If you haven't checked lately, the HR department has gotten a whole lot busier in managing employee relations' issues and complaints.  Since the #MeToo movement we've seen a significant increase in organizations investing in training for their HR teams on how to properly conduct investigations. Why? Simple: risk management. Without HR having the right competencies [...]

By |2020-02-25T20:57:53+00:00September 13th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Investigations Training for HR Professionals: Why is it Essential?

HR Investigations: A Case for Case Management

As an educator in the HR profession, I routinely facilitate HR training and internal investigations training throughout the U.S.  As I interact with professionals and ask the question, "So, how do you manage your investigation case files?" I then get the proverbial deer-in-the-headlights look from everyone in the room.  These days, the number of employee [...]

By |2019-07-30T20:11:25+00:00July 30th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on HR Investigations: A Case for Case Management

How to Handle an Allegation of Hostile Work Environment

Employee Complaint Intake As we interact with our clients and students in our HR investigations classes, we frequently hear, "So, what do we do when it seems every employee is alleging hostile work environment?"  It is difficult today, because so many employees think they understand what a hostile work environment is.  And, actually a lot [...]

By |2019-07-12T19:22:47+00:00July 12th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on How to Handle an Allegation of Hostile Work Environment

Internal Investigations Usually Start with a Lack of “How-to” Management Skills

A couple of years ago, I posted this blog and felt compelled to post it again because I'm still not seeing enough organizations investing in the basic skills development for supervisors and managers.  I continually hear from HR Generalists, Managers, Directors, and VP’s: “the managers just don’t ‘get’ what we do in HR…they don’t document anything [...]

By |2018-05-01T10:45:07+00:00May 1st, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Internal Investigations Usually Start with a Lack of “How-to” Management Skills

New, Game-Changing Book for HR & Employee Relations’ Professionals

BOOK LAUNCH HOW TO KEEP HR FROM BEING THE EMPLOYEE COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT By author, Natalie Ivey, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, BN.com To my fellow HR professionals who have been anticipating the release of my new book, I appreciate your patience!   I am pleased to announce the release [...]

By |2018-03-05T00:38:20+00:00March 5th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on New, Game-Changing Book for HR & Employee Relations’ Professionals

Why Management Training–Especially EEO and HR Training–is Critical Today

Many managers today have been promoted from within, often because they are technically competent at their job--but not necessarily because they are "people-management competent" at their job.  And, when supervisors get thrust into the job of managing people in the current environment--without the proper training--a lot of risk is invited into the organization. Why?  Because [...]

By |2018-02-28T02:40:34+00:00February 28th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Why Management Training–Especially EEO and HR Training–is Critical Today