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The Better Investigator:
Two-Minute Tips for More Enlightened Campus and Workplace Internal Investigations
- Why Aequitask is building a better way to do corporate and campus investigations with a network of experienced investigators, a consistent process, predictable fees, short deadlines, 360° feedback, and reports that give clients exactly what they need. Now, we’re sharing our research and insights to help improve investigations everywhere. Nobody wants to be involved in an investigation, but everybody deserves a good one.
- How Our two-minute tips identify common mistakes, misperceptions, biases, and process problems that plague internal and external investigations. Next, we rely on legal analysis, psychology, behavioral economics, original research, and years of experience to offer proven, practical solutions that you can use in any investigation, starting today.
- Who The Better Investigator is for anyone who investigates anything, including lawyers, HR professionals, law enforcement, journalists, and accountants.
Internal Investigation Reports – All in Good Time
We’ve read countless internal investigation reports, from turgid witness-by-witness accounts to genuine potboilers that you can’t put down. What makes the difference? Organization. The good news is that there are only two ways to organize an investigation report, regardless of content. Whether it’s about discrimination, harassment, bullying, fraud, misappropriation, or foreign corrupt practices, an internal […]
The Whole Truth – Keeping Them Honest In An Internal Investigation
Internal Investigators are supposed to ferret out lies, but we all know that it can be hard to do. Everyone lies, according to behavioral economist Dan Ariely. Ariely argues that the key is to prevent dishonesty in the first place. But how can we do that in a typical workplace harassment or fraud case? A […]
Are You Wasting Time?
Internal Investigation interviews usually launch with each investigator’s homebrewed instructions: a little spiel about the investigator, a basic description of the investigation process, an explanation of mutual confidentiality expectations, a brief discussion of the attorney-client privilege when it applies, a reminder of the witness’s duty to cooperate, a friendly warning about importance of telling the […]
Up Close and Personal?
Investigators and clients often assume that in-person interviews are best. That’s been true for years, but times change. Teleconferencing is a powerful workplace and campus investigation tool that offers far more than a new way to save time and money. Teleconferencing puts people at ease by allowing them to interview on their terms –in their […]
The Eyes Have It?
The stakes were sky high in a recent #MeToo sexual harassment investigation. The events at issue happened years ago. It was looking like “he said/she said” until corroborating records surfaced that undermined the respondent’s account. What did he do when confronted with the evidence? Exactly what experienced investigators expect when someone’s career (and marriage) may […]
Socrates or Freud?
Many investigators are lawyers or professionals who “think like a lawyer.” Parties and witnesses have also come to expect us to be like Perry Mason, launching a well-crafted series of questions all leading to one logical, cliff-hanger conclusion. But picture yourself in a law school class, on the receiving end of the Socratic method. Are […]
Logic or Emotion?
The best investigators start from scratch, assuming, “I know nothing.” Like Socrates, they get good answers by asking good questions. But even experienced investigators can fall victim to cognitive biases, especially when it comes to the quality of their own work. Take the “Dunning-Kruger Effect.” Social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger studied how people […]
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