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Dana Barbato, SPHR, SCP

About Dana Barbato, SPHR, SCP

Dana Barbato, SPHR, SCP spent more than 25 years working to tame the chaos in the human side of HR. With a strong belief in respectful employee relations, strong leadership and consistent practices, she has proven that accountability is the key to building a culture of respect and civility. And workplace investigations, done right, are the first step. Dana is on a mission to revolutionize the way employee relations and investigation are handled across all industries. Dana speaks as a subject matter expert at HR and Technology events nationally throughout the year, and provides guidance for HR professionals, managers and executives through the HR Investigator’s Blog.

Employee Relations Case Management as a “new normal” HR Tool

By |2020-08-06T22:06:18+00:00August 6, 2020|

As business owners and HR professionals struggle to determine the new normal for their company and employees, we will collectively be leaning toward more automation like employee relations case management tools and online resources to get our day-to-day work done. Many, or even most, companies have implemented some form [READ MORE ...]

Employee Complaints: Employees Want To Be Heard. What’s Your Plan?

By |2020-08-27T22:08:14+00:00June 10, 2020|

Race, age and sex discrimination • Wrongful termination • Retaliation • ADA accommodation violation • OSHA violations These are just a few of the employee complaints that are increasing due to actions employers have and are taking since the COVID-19 Pandemic began. Let’s face it, we had to act [READ MORE ...]

Balancing Empathy and Accountability for Remote Workers at Home

By |2020-11-06T23:44:11+00:00April 21, 2020|

Written by Hannah Kirkland Maintaining a supportive environment while still encouraging employees to be productive is a tough balancing act. Requiring employees to work from home with family staying home as well, adds a new element to the balancing act. However, there are a handful of ways that you [READ MORE ...]

Explaining the Importance of a Workplace Investigation Process to the Board

By |2020-08-27T22:39:58+00:00September 25, 2019|

In this post #MeToo Era, Executives and Board Members alike may be feeling that the Sexual Harassment crisis is under control and therefore it’s back to business as usual. After all, training has been done, policies have been updated, and employees are clearly aware of the reporting process and [READ MORE ...]

Is Your Consistent HR Investigation Process Truly Consistent?

By |2020-02-14T02:26:31+00:00January 29, 2019|

Go ahead and say it. “Every investigation is different.” I agree with you. Any two situations involving people will be different. People’s actions, emotions and beliefs, etc. are all over the board. But there is a difference between the outcome of an investigation and the process of an investigation. [READ MORE ...]

Can’t We Have Consistency, Compliance AND Compassion?

By |2019-08-08T20:01:18+00:00December 4, 2018|

An article posted yesterday in the SHRM HR Daily Newsletter, took a stand that in HR matters,  “Consistency Might Not Be Worth the Cost.” Although I understand that no two situations are exactly the same, and careful consideration of all the factors should drive reasonable outcomes, taking out the [READ MORE ...]

Human Resources Investigations: Are You Outsourcing or Insourcing?

By |2020-11-09T23:45:19+00:00July 12, 2018|

Is Your Company Outsourcing or Insourcing Your HR Investigations? According to an article in Bloomberg Law, (Article: Surge in Outside Workplace Investigations in #MeToo Milieuir) there has been a surge in the number of workplace investigations being conducted by third-party investigators. Along with the high level, high dollar cases we [READ MORE ...]

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