Episode #100- Avoiding Investigation Pitfalls – Tina Rad

This is our 100th Episode and to celebrate we are bringing back our very first guest Tina Rad! Tina is a Partner and Attorney Investigator at Wagener Law, APC. Teresa and Tina discuss Avoiding Investigation Pitfalls.

Tina gives here common pitfalls that companies make when contemplating or conducting a workplace investigation:

  • PITFALL #1: Failing to Investigate (“Do we really need to do an investigation on this?”)
  • PITFALL #2: Moving Too Slowly (“I meant to get to it, but we had a lot going on.”)
  • PITFALL #3: Choosing the Wrong Investigator (“I’ve never done an investigation before, but how hard can it be?”)
  • PITFALL #4: Not Being Thorough (“I talked to the accuser and got the whole story.”)
  • PITFALL #5: Taking Sides (“I’m so sorry this happened to you.”)
  • PITFALL #6: Promising Confidentiality (“What you tell me won’t leave this room.”)
  • PITFALL #7: Using Bad Interview Tactics (“That’s not what Jane told me, and her story sounds more believable to me than yours.”)
  • PITFALL #8: Failure to Properly Document (“I really thought I’d remember.”)
  • PITFALL #9: Failure to Reach Conclusions (“It’s a ‘he said, she said’ case – there’s no way to tell what really happened.”)
  • PITFALL #10: Bad Investigation Reports (“It was obvious to me what happened, so I didn’t spend too much time explaining.”)

To read more about the common pitfalls, read the article here

To connect with Tina here

To listen to the first episode of Workplace Perspective with Guest Tina Rad click here

Episode Timestamps

00:06Introduction and Disclaimer 01:37100th Show! 14:18Break and Public Service Announcement 14:42Avoiding Investigation Pitfalls 24:49Teresa’s Closing Remarks
Hosted by

Teresa McQueen, Esq.
Founder, Host and Executive Producer
Teresa is a skilled trial attorney (a recovering litigator!), Corporate Counsel for Western Growers Family of Companies, a published author and frequent speaker on a wide range of topics including harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. She is a Certified Business Etiquette Trainer and hosts the Workplace Perspective podcast to help organizations of all sizes develop and maintain successful employer/employee relationships.*

*The views expressed by Teresa McQueen are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Western Growers Family of Companies, its officers, directors, board members, employees, or members.

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