Workplace Assessments & Reviews

Just because you’re not hearing it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Studies show that bad behaviour goes underground, and that most employees who experience harassment or abusive behaviour at work, do not report it. If, as a manager, you assume that all is well in your organization because you haven’t received a formal complaint, your assumption may be wrong.

Our employment lawyers use workplace assessments and reviews to gather information about your workplace culture, practices, or behaviours in order to identify the root cause, or causes, of conflicts or issues. A review can include focus groups, surveys, one-on-one interviews, policy reviews and an appraisal of policy effectiveness. It’s a temperature check of your workplace culture before it hits the boiling point.

Workplace assessments are also effective when responding to a human rights complaint that cites systemic discrimination. When used as another investigation tool, assessments can root out where systemic issues reside, and identify how these issues can be resolved.

Upon completion of a workplace assessment or review, we issue a report that identifies the root causes within the organization that are contributing to the systemic issues and dysfunction. Our reports are a broad snapshot of these workplace concerns that we use to provide recommendations that you can implement to create functional, productive workplaces.

Contact us to find out how a workplace assessment or review can benefit your workplace.

 

 

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Upcoming Courses

Workplace Bystander Intervention Training

March 07, in Toronto. In this half-day session, participants will learn about the importance of bystanders in creating healthy and inclusive workplaces along with the underlying workplace dynamics that keep victims from speaking up and making complaints about harassment, discrimination and bullying in the workplace. In a...

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Basic Workplace Investigation Techniques & Report Writing Workshop

April 10 - 12, in Toronto. Do you know how to address inappropriate workplace behaviour before it becomes a legal issue? This 3-day course is a basic primer for people within organizations who are tasked with conducting investigations. This intensive, hands-on workshop allows participants to investigate mock complaints from s...

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Upcoming Courses

Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations

April 24 - 25, in Winnipeg. Sexual harassment and violence investigations present unique challenges to internal investigators.  With the introduction of Bill 132 in Ontario, Bill 23 in British Columbia, and Bill 15 in Manitoba, overcoming these challenges, and conducting a thorough and fair investigation has become even more...

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Investigating Complex Cases

May 02, in Toronto. What Do I Do Now? Have you ever been stopped in your tracks during an investigation? Or have you ever known that you have to do some form of investigation, but the traditional model doesn’t seem to suit?  Then this course is for you. We look at some unusual starting points for investigations, as ...

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Upcoming Courses

Beyond the Nuclear Family: Accommodating Family Status in the Workplace

May 03, in Toronto. Families have evolved beyond the traditional model of one breadwinner and one full-time caregiver. Caregiving demands have increased, which can have significant effects in the workplace. Family status is a protected human right. This course will provide a framework to assist managers and HR professi...

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Upcoming Courses

Math for HR Professionals

May 08, in Toronto. As HR professionals, your focus is on managing people. However, numbers and calculations will inevitably creep into the job description, whether it be in the form of calculating bonus pay, withholdings, vacation/holiday pay, severance entitlements or overtime. For anyone who dreads the daily grind w...

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Basic Workplace Investigation Techniques & Report Writing Workshop

May 08 - 10, in Calgary. Do you know how to address inappropriate workplace behaviour before it becomes a legal issue? This 3-day course is a basic primer for people within organizations who are tasked with conducting investigations. This intensive, hands-on workshop allows participants to investigate mock complaints from s...

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Workplace Investigations in the University and College Context

May 11, in Calgary. Workplace investigations in the university and college context are unique. Investigators are frequently confronted with faculty to faculty complaints, the challenges of students as witnesses and complainants, as well as anonymous complaints. These unique situations demand a high level of specialized...

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Upcoming Courses

Conducting Workplace Violence Investigations

May 17, in Toronto. An employee tells you that a co-worker said something that made them upset, but also fear for their personal safety. You’re well-versed in dealing with complaints about harassment and bullying. What about complaints that raise a risk of someone getting injured? This course will teach you how to re...

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Upcoming Courses

Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations

May 30 - 31, in Toronto. Sexual harassment and violence investigations present unique challenges to internal investigators.  With the introduction of Bill 132 in Ontario, Bill 23 in British Columbia, and Bill 15 in Manitoba, overcoming these challenges, and conducting a thorough and fair investigation has become even more...

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Upcoming Courses

Basic Workplace Investigation Techniques & Report Writing Workshop

June 05 - 07, in Vancouver. Do you know how to address inappropriate workplace behaviour before it becomes a legal issue? This 3-day course is a basic primer for people within organizations who are tasked with conducting investigations. This intensive, hands-on workshop allows participants to investigate mock complaints from s...

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Upcoming Courses

Conducting Workplace Violence Investigations

June 08, in Vancouver. An employee tells you that a co-worker said something that made them upset, but also fear for their personal safety. You’re well-versed in dealing with complaints about harassment and bullying. What about complaints that raise a risk of someone getting injured? This course will teach you how to re...

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Upcoming Courses

Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations

June 13 - 14, in Calgary. Sexual harassment and violence investigations present unique challenges to internal investigators.  With the introduction of Bill 132 in Ontario, Bill 23 in British Columbia, and Bill 15 in Manitoba, overcoming these challenges, and conducting a thorough and fair investigation has become even more...

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Conducting Workplace Assessments

June 20, in Toronto. Have you ever wondered how you can address issues in the workplace before a formal complaint has been made? Do you struggle to connect with and gather information from your employees about their concerns? Are you interested in a proactive approach to identifying the root cause of conflicts and issue...

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Respect, Diversity and Change in the Workplace Series

June 26, in Toronto. Workforces are becoming far more diverse and employees are not only highly knowledgeable about their rights in the workplace, they expect respect and civility from their colleagues. Employers can feel overwhelmed by these new expectations. Can you still make “off colour” jokes at work? What happ...

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Interviewing and Dealing with Difficult Witnesses

September 25, in Toronto. How Do I Get the Best Evidence? This course is for you if you strive to be a more effective interviewer in your workplace investigations.  After exploring many of the investigative interview techniques currently being utilized, participants will be provided with an interview model best suited to co...

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The Ins and Outs of Accommodating Mental Illness in the Workplace

September 27, in Toronto. Dealing with mental health issues in the workplace presents a unique and complicated challenge for employers. This practical, “how-to” workshop is designed to help managers and HR professionals understand the law relating to the accommodation of mental illness in the workplace and to provide str...

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Upcoming Courses

Basic Workplace Investigation Techniques & Report Writing Workshop

October 02 - 04, in Toronto. Do you know how to address inappropriate workplace behaviour before it becomes a legal issue? This 3-day course is a basic primer for people within organizations who are tasked with conducting investigations. This intensive, hands-on workshop allows participants to investigate mock complaints from s...

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Assessing Credibility

October 16, in Toronto. Who Do I Believe? This course has been designed for anyone who has ever investigated a set of allegations and struggled to make a finding at the end. Perhaps it is one person’s word against another, or maybe you just don’t have the confidence to feel you can decide who is lying and who is [&hell...

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Basic Workplace Investigation Techniques & Report Writing Workshop

October 23 - 25, in Calgary. Do you know how to address inappropriate workplace behaviour before it becomes a legal issue? This 3-day course is a basic primer for people within organizations who are tasked with conducting investigations. This intensive, hands-on workshop allows participants to investigate mock complaints from s...

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Upcoming Courses

Conducting Workplace Violence Investigations

October 26, in Calgary. An employee tells you that a co-worker said something that made them upset, but also fear for their personal safety. You’re well-versed in dealing with complaints about harassment and bullying. What about complaints that raise a risk of someone getting injured? This course will teach you how to re...

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The ABCs of Investigation Techniques for Schools and School Boards

November 01, in Toronto. Do your workplace investigations measure up? Internal investigators in the education sector are often confronted with sensitive and complex complaints that run the  risk of becoming highly politicized and public. If confronted by a complaint involving multiple unions, students and parents, or teach...

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Basic Workplace Investigation Techniques & Report Writing Workshop

November 06 - 08, in Ottawa . Do you know how to address inappropriate workplace behaviour before it becomes a legal issue? This 3-day course is a basic primer for people within organizations who are tasked with conducting investigations. This intensive, hands-on workshop allows participants to investigate mock complaints from s...

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Upcoming Courses

Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations

November 13 - 14, in Toronto. Sexual harassment and violence investigations present unique challenges to internal investigators.  With the introduction of Bill 132 in Ontario, Bill 23 in British Columbia, and Bill 15 in Manitoba, overcoming these challenges, and conducting a thorough and fair investigation has become even more...

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Upcoming Courses

Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations

November 27 - 28, in Vancouver. Sexual harassment and violence investigations present unique challenges to internal investigators.  With the introduction of Bill 132 in Ontario, Bill 23 in British Columbia, and Bill 15 in Manitoba, overcoming these challenges, and conducting a thorough and fair investigation has become even more...

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Upcoming Courses

Workplace Investigations in the University and College Context

November 29, in Vancouver. Workplace investigations in the university and college context are unique. Investigators are frequently confronted with faculty to faculty complaints, the challenges of students as witnesses and complainants, as well as anonymous complaints. These unique situations demand a high level of specialized...

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Upcoming Courses

Workplace Investigations in the University and College Context

December 04, in Toronto. Workplace investigations in the university and college context are unique. Investigators are frequently confronted with faculty to faculty complaints, the challenges of students as witnesses and complainants, as well as anonymous complaints. These unique situations demand a high level of specialized...

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Upcoming Courses

Basic Workplace Investigation Techniques & Report Writing Workshop

December 11 - 13, in Toronto. Do you know how to address inappropriate workplace behaviour before it becomes a legal issue? This 3-day course is a basic primer for people within organizations who are tasked with conducting investigations. This intensive, hands-on workshop allows participants to investigate mock complaints from s...