Do you need an outside investigator?

May 31, 2008
Look at the matter (1 point) (2 points) (3 points)
The matter to be investigated is Simple, involving two parties and one or two incidents Moderate in complexity, involving more than two parties or multiple incidents High in complexity, involving multiple parties and multiple incidents, or allegations of hostile environment
The person(s) accused of misconduct Are nonmanagerial and at the same rank as the complainant Are middle management and higher in rank than the complainant Are senior managers or executives
The complaints involve Inappropriate language, jokes, or simple misconduct A combination of inappropriate language and multiple acts of misconduct Extreme racial, sexual, or threatening/harassing behavior
The person to do the investigating Is extremely experienced and confident Has some experience, but is uncertain about the best way to proceed Is inexperienced or is in a reporting relationship to a party in the investigation

1-4 Almost certainly manageable internally

5-9 Consider using outside investigator

10 Recommend outside investigator

The table above can help you decide whether you need an outside investigator. Consider all of the dimensions listed, add up the score, and use the guide to help you decide.


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