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Workplace Investigations Certification for Intepeople

Intepeople Partners Receive Internationally Recognised Workplace Investigations Certificates

Intepeople Nelson HR Partners Melisa Kappely and Marianne Wilkinson have recently joined a very small number of New Zealand HR Professionals and Lawyers as Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holders.

Following an intensive training programme with the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) in Texas in late 2017, Marianne and Melisa each passed three individual assessments, demonstrating their specialised knowledge and advanced skills to successfully perform impartial workplace investigations. Currently, less than 15 HR Professionals and Lawyers in New Zealand are AWI Certificate Holders.

With reported cases of workplace issues including bullying and sexual harassment on the rise, there is increasing demand for trained workplace investigators. “People often expect an investigation to be intimidating, but we focus on developing rapport with all involved and conducting the process in a low key, non-confrontational way,” Marianne reveals.

Choosing an external agency to complete a workplace investigation ensures an impartial, unbiased and fair investigative process. “Marianne and Melisa’s advanced achievements in this area establish them amongst the leading workplace investigators in New Zealand,” Intepeople General Manager Julie Baxendine explains.

The four-day Training Institute attended by Marianne and Melisa covered 12 modules, with education sessions ranging from strategies to avoid bias, establishing rapport with witnesses, effective interview techniques and mock investigation sessions where their skills and knowledge were evaluated by recognised experts in the field.

The AWI is a professional association committed to enhancing the quality of impartial workplace investigations. The association’s robust and tested set of guiding principles for workplace investigations are recognised worldwide.

With a nationwide client base managed from their offices in Nelson and Marlborough, Intepeople has a New Zealand-wide reputation for supporting companies with employee relations and workplace-related compliance.


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