About Bob Acton

Dr. Bob Acton is a Consulting Psychologist, Licensed Investigator, and Executive Coach. He has considerable experience with workplace investigations and HR advisor consulting about psychologically healthy workplaces, mental health in the workplace, and workplace misconduct. He has a wealth of experience with both coaching leaders and consulting on behavioural problems surrounding mental health particularly within the workplace. He integrates that knowledge and experience into investigations and human resource consultations.  He's worked within many industries including oil and gas, education, legal, government, health, transportation, administration, entertainment and travel.

New Strategies to Enhance Eyewitness Memory

Strategies to improve eyewitness evidence accuracy The Problem Workplace investigators strive to gather accurate information from eyewitnesses, but often ineffective policies, inadequate procedures and politics inhibit this process. Investigators are interested in eyewitness evidence accuracy as it is critical to the outcome of the investigation. In the workplace, employees who believe they have been mistreated [...]

By |2020-04-14T19:18:32+00:00April 14th, 2020|Eye Witness Accuracy, Investigations|0 Comments

Jim Lehrer’s Rules of Journalism as Applied to Investigations

Jim Lehrer, the renowned journalist, in a 1997 report by the Aspen Institute, outlined the rules for journalists to ensure journalistic integrity. As my colleague Amy Oppenheimer noted, these are outstanding rules for investigators as well. We strive to adhere to these as well. Do nothing I cannot defend. Do not distort, lie, slant, or [...]

By |2020-01-28T16:42:41+00:00January 28th, 2020|Investigations|0 Comments

Workplace Investigators Need to be Licensed

Did you know that investigators need to be licensed? All workplace investigators in Alberta and British Columbia need to be licensed and insured except lawyers and internal investigators. If you hire an external consultant who conducts an investigation for your firm, you should ensure that their consultant is licensed for investigations by the Alberta Justice [...]

By |2020-01-28T16:44:07+00:00January 20th, 2020|Investigations|0 Comments

Determining Credibility in Investigations: Seven factors to weigh evidence

By Bob Acton, Ph.D., R.Psych., LPI[1][2] “Facts are facts.” Often this phrase implies that there may be no question about the "facts" as they are explicit evidence of the occurrence of an event. Nevertheless, people often will present with different sets of facts in recalling an event. The classic, "he said – she said," fits [...]

By |2019-12-13T14:06:52+00:00December 13th, 2019|Credibility, Investigations|0 Comments

BEST PRACTICE INTERVIEWING METHODS IN WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS

By Bob Acton, Ph.D., R.Psych., LPI, Glen Haner, LPI, and Karen Anthony, BA, PCC, C.Med., LPI. Investigations are a key deliverable for most Human Resource (HR) professionals, and effective interviewing skills form a cornerstone in the production of quality results in investigations. Interviewing others, a component of investigations, particularly in the context of a quasi-legal [...]

By |2019-10-18T23:22:43+00:00October 15th, 2019|Investigations|1 Comment

MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER A MISCONDUCT INVESTIGATION

By Bob Acton, Ph.D., R.Psych., (1) LPI; Merv Gilbert, Ph.D., (2) & Jessica Figley, BA, BSW, RSW (3) When complaints of workplace misconduct occur, it is not uncommon for someone to raise ‘mental illness’ as a complicating factor. It may be an issue for the complainant, the respondent, or bystanders. This mental health issue may [...]

By |2019-10-18T23:27:34+00:00October 15th, 2019|Investigations|0 Comments

PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA AND WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS:

Six steps for the best practice method to handle traumatic experiences during investigations By Dr. Bob Acton, Ph.D., R.Psych., LPI. People who have experienced psychological trauma are present in every workplace. Some people have experienced developmental trauma in their childhood, some (such as first responders) have experienced it daily as a part of their work, [...]

By |2019-10-18T23:31:32+00:00October 15th, 2019|Investigations|0 Comments

15 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR ORGANIZATION WHEN INVESTIGATING EMPLOYEE HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS

by Bob Acton, PhD, R.Psych., LPI Harassment and bullying complaints continue in organizations despite enhanced occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation, improvements in policies to protect against harassment, and strategies to improve the psychological health of employees in organizations. Recent social communications (e.g., the MeToo movement) have brought to light harassing workplace behaviours that have [...]

By |2019-10-18T23:37:23+00:00October 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

MENTAL HEALTH (ILLNESS), ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT, AND WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS

A roadmap for HR professionals to manage the interface among the areas of mental health, privacy, human rights, OHS, employers’ policies, and misconduct. By Dr. Bob Acton, Ph.D., R.Psych., LPI Consulting Psychologist and Investigator The road of managing workplace misconduct, employee’s mental health, privacy legislation, human rights, occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements, and employers’ [...]

By |2019-10-18T23:40:49+00:00October 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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