Investigating a case of employee gross misconduct can be a tricky situation. The aim of an investigation is to ascertain the facts, in a fair and objective way. It is vital that the investigation is carried out promptly, and in line with your company’s disciplinary and grievance procedure. Failure to follow such procedures correctly could result in a Tribunal claim.
It is best practice to select an investigating officer who is not the employee’s manager. However, for SMEs, this can be problematic due to staff numbers. Here at the HR Team, we can guide you through the whole investigative process as well as carry out independent investigation meetings for you.