How to Handle Yourself During a Workplace Investigation

Here’s an interesting situation: An office investigation!

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Seriously. Investigations are no laughing matter especially when it relates to a colleague. For instance, last week’s New York Post outlines a situation whereby an employee has been told he needs to cooperate and be interviewed about the situation.

What are his or her rights considering the employee isn’t exactly thrilled to participate?

Well, according to the piece, Gregory Giangrande, chief HR executive at Time, Inc., writes, “You have the right not to be a “snitch” and not cooperate. Your employer also has the right to fire you for not cooperating and telling them what you know.”

Considering the nature of the investigation, we need to take a macro view on this. After all, it’s not about being an office snitch but rather, simply telling the truth.

He adds, “We’re talking about a shared obligation to ensure that your workplace is free from unethical, unscrupulous, unlawful behavior that threatens the company and everyone’s livelihood. So you have a choice to make.”