By the time you receive a letter of allegation from me, outlining the issues that may or may not have occurred in your workplace, I have spoken to your colleagues, supervisors and subordinates. That letter is an invitation to have your side of the story told, and hearing your side of the story may just prove or disprove what has been alleged by your colleague or boss.
I am engaged by government and businesses to independently investigate human resource and industrial relations issues such as bullying, fraud and performance management.
I have been an investigator for almost 30 years; there is not a day that goes by when I don’t learn something new about human behaviour or my craft. Many people think they can be an investigator because they watch CSI. But to be an effective investigator means constant professional development, learning about the latest research in investigative interviewing.
What am I thinking when you sit in front of me? Well, there is very little I have not seen in the world of work. Too many people spend too much time at work and place too much importance on their workplace. Subsequently, work becomes the be all and end all – the most important thing in a person’s life – and that isn’t healthy. Moreover, the child who was a bully and was never brought to account for their behaviour usually becomes the bullying boss or subordinate.
I’d just like people to tell the truth. Admit if you’ve made a mistake. Apologise and move on – you’re an adult, not a kid pretending that it’s everyone’s fault but yours.
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