At Simply Communicating, we specialize in workplace investigations and in (re)building workplace environments and employment relationships.
We have all seen work environments where our first instinct was to head for the exits. Some behaviours that we see and experience at work are bad. Really bad. There are these toxic work environments that wear people down and grind them up. This affects real people, sometimes to the point of permanent disability. This is a huge cost for Canadian society and a liability that employers tend to underestimate. Until someone files a complaint.
Every organization wants happy employees, a great work environment and a positive culture.
Many have ‘respect’ as a core value and state that they offer their employees a ‘respectful and inclusive work environment’. However, this is not always backed up by actual behaviours. There are many examples where behaviours and culture are diametrically opposed to the stated intent.
When organizations advertise their mission, vision and values on websites and in policies, they need to realize that these cannot be just a bunch of words. Employers need to actively work on matching behaviours. Especially executives and managers.
If an employer is serious about its reputation and its work environment, policies need to be enforced consistently and management needs to avoid condoning. When employees engage in bad behaviour and others see them do so with impunity, everyone in the organizations will conclude that bad behaviour is being tolerated… usually until someone files a complaint.
Simply Communicating conducts investigations.
We are typically brought in to look into alleged violations of company policies or legislation relating to discrimination, harassment, bullying, retaliation and other types of workplace misconduct, which often have an element of intent. Our approach is to respond as quickly as possible. A timely and thorough investigation is the best way to get to the heart of the matter and resolve an issue. The ideal outcome is one where the work relationship is salvaged and the work environment improves through changed behaviours.
Simply Communicating is a Licensed Security Business and a member of the Private Investigators Association of BC (PIABC).
We also have professional Licensed Private Investigators who provide training on how to effectively manage workplace investigations.
This training includes how to:
- Conduct interviews
- Detect deception
- Assess credibility
- Write investigative reports
We strive to protect the rights of all parties involved by maintaining confidentiality to the highest degree possible. We work with the client, usually a law firm or an employer, on developing an investigation plan. We provide written documentation, summaries and reports of findings that meet industry best practices.
We offer customized workshops in the following areas:
- How to deal with bullying and harassment
- Coaching for supervisory and leadership skills
- Conflict resolution, performance management
- Developing employment policies
When organizations bring us in, our goal is not to modify behaviours, as that would just be a short-term solution – like a band-aid. For optimum protection and long-term return on your investment, we aim to effect fundamental, lasting change in the culture and the workplace.