Appraising Credibility, Reaching Conclusions & Writing the Investigative Report: Steps to Minimize Harassment Liability
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  • Duration : 60 Minutes
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Chris DeVany is the founder and president of Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide, a firm that focuses on management and organization development. Pinnacle’s clients include global organizations such as Visa International, Cadence Design Systems, Coca Cola, Sprint, Microsoft, Aviva Insurance, Schlumberger and over 500 other organizations in 22 countries. He also has consulted with government agencies from the United States, the Royal Government of Saudi Arabia, Canada, the Cayman Islands, and the United Kingdom.

He has published numerous articles in the fields of surviving mergers and acquisitions, surviving change, project management, management, sales, team-building, leadership, ethics, customer service, diversity, and work-life balance, in publications ranging from ASTD/Performance In Practice to Customer Service Management. His book, “90 Days to a High-Performance Team”, published by McGraw Hill and often accompanied by in-person, facilitated instruction, has helped and continues to help thousands of executives, managers, and team leaders improve performance.

He has appeared hundreds of times on radio and television interview programs to discuss mergers and acquisitions (how to manage and survive them), project management, sales, customer service, effective workplace communication, management, handling rapid personal and organizational change, and other topical business issues. He has served or is currently serving as a board member of the International Association of Facilitators, Sales and Marketing Executives International, American Management Association, American Society of Training and Development, Institute of Management Consultants, American Society of Association Executives, Meeting Professionals International, and National Speakers Association. Chris is an award-winning Toastmaster’s International Competition speaker. He recently participated in the Fortune 500 Annual Management Forum as a speaker, panelist, and seminar leader.

Chris has distinguished himself professionally by serving multiple corporations as manager and trainer of sales, operations, project management, IT, customer service, and marketing professionals. Included among those business leaders are Prudential Insurance, Sprint, BayBank (now part of Bank of America), US Health Care, and Marriott Corporation. He has assisted these organizations in mergers and acquisitions, facilitating post-merger and acquisition integration, developing project management, sales, customer service, and marketing strategies, organizing inbound and outbound call center programs, training and development of management and new hires, and fostering corporate growth through creative change and innovation initiatives.

Chris holds degrees in management studies and organizational behavior from Boston University. He has traveled to 22 countries and 47 states in the course of his career.


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Writing the investigative report actually begins from the very beginning of your investigation and continues throughout the process. This webinar will discuss the intricacies of writing the critical final report of your investigation that may be discoverable (all documents that must be provided to opposing counsel in case of a lawsuit) if an employee files a formal charge with the EEOC or your state’s human rights department, or if you are sued. A number of critical actions are required as part of your investigation. These include determining the credibility of each interviewee, corroborating evidence, and reaching a conclusion. In order to write a thorough report, investigators must make a decision as to whether the investigated misconduct was a violation of any laws or policies and present these findings in an objective, accurate and concise manner. An in-depth comprehensive investigative report memorializes the investigation and can be evidence that an investigation actually occurred to minimize your liability.

In my experience as an expert witness for harassment, discrimination, and bullying lawsuits, human resources professionals do not know how to do an investigation and do not know how to document and write a final report which is critical to ensure employees’ civil rights are not compromised. Knowing how to write a formal investigative report may save a tremendous financial burden on the organization due to the issues outlined in the first bullet. An investigation that is not documented basically did not occur.

Learning Objects

  • Learners will receive an in-depth outline of the critical elements in an investigative report
  • Learn what needs to be documented regarding the credibility of each witness, target, and accused
  • Learn how to corroborate evidence
  • Learn how to draw conclusions
  • All of which must be included in the report to minimize liability

Areas Covered

  • Discuss the critical elements of the investigative report
  • List frequently missing elements from reports
  • Appraise the credibility of each interviewee
  • Describe how to reach conclusions
  • List required follow-up actions

Who Should Attend

This is a must-attend webinar for human resources professionals in all industries

  • $200.00



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