I have personally run investigations into allegations made against members of staff in my professional life.
I like to have specific instances of behaviour, that I can then investigate, question any witnesses and get a good idea of whether the allegations are founded.
Below are the questions asked by John Holmstrom of the staff he interviewed.
I personally find this a somewhat unusual approach to investigating the alleged behaviour of a specific member of staff, however, who am I to criticise.
Unsurprisingly this line of questioning led to all sorts of allegations regarding many members of staff. Oddly none of the other allegations or concerns raised by this line of questioning resulted in any other investigation or disciplinary action, just the one’s that painted JM as bad.
JM was the former Housing Manager at WCHP who was dismissed for gross misconduct. At tribunal it was decided that the dismissal was unfair.
Forgetting this, as Sally Roff (WCHP’s representative at tribunal) stated, we were just investigating the behaviour of JM, so didn’t worry about any other issues outside of this.
There is one thing that strikes me as one of the biggest coincidences.
JM worked with at least a couple of thousand clients in her time at WCHP. With such open questions, and the allegations that JM was a rampant bully, racist, etc, what would be the chances of all the accusers giving the same three clients as examples?
I’ll let you decide.