HR Acuity™ Announces Fifth Annual Employee Relations & Workplace Investigation Survey

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The focus of this year’s survey is bullying in the workplace.

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Bullying, the special focus area for this year's survey, has become a critical problem in many areas of our society and the workplace is no different.

HR Acuity, a leader in employee relations and workplace investigations solutions, is pleased to announce that its Fifth Annual Employee Relations & Workplace Investigation Survey will be open from December 3, 2012 through January 15, 2013. Any organization, regardless of size or industry sector, that wishes to participate is invited to access the survey at

As in previous years, the survey is designed to establish benchmarks and identify organizational best practices by tracking trends and reviewing year-over-year statistical analyses of employee relations and workplace investigation processes, tools, and organizational structure. Each year, the survey chooses one major issue on which to focus its attention; this year, the survey will focus on workplace bullying, including the types of bullying that are taking place and the steps organizations are taking to address incidents of bullying in the workplace.

The opening of the survey follows on the heels of this year’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Performance and Accountability Report, a new report that will be issued annually going forward as part of the EEOC’s new strategic plan. During fiscal year 2012, the EEOC recovered a record amount of money ($365.4 million in private sector administrative enforcement) for victims of discrimination. About 10 percent of this figure involved investigations of systemic charges of discrimination, four times the amount the agency obtained for these same charges in fiscal year 2011. In addition, 111,139 new discrimination cases were received in 2012, an increase of 11,192 (10%) over 2011. Clearly, it is in every organization’s best interest to have well-documented and consistently-executed policies and procedures concerning employee compliance with established codes of conduct. Equally important, or perhaps even more so, is having standardized processes in place for conducting investigations into employee wrongdoing.

Deborah Muller, president and founder of HR Acuity, stated, “We have reached our first significant milestone, our fifth annual survey. At this point, we are able to perform some relevant and valuable year-over-year analysis of the responses we received to similar questions asked for the past five years to determine whether organizations are stepping up the development and use of policies and tools to address and document allegations of employee wrongdoing. Bullying has become a critical problem in many areas of our society and the workplace is no different. We are interested in determining how big a problem it is and what companies are doing to address it, both with managers and employees. The results should prove to be fairly interesting.”

After the survey closes in mid-January, the results will be analyzed and compiled into a report that will be distributed to survey participants and other interested parties.

About the Survey
Participant background data and survey responses are held in strictest confidence and maintained by HR Acuity. HR Acuity will never attribute any data derived from the survey to a specific company or organization when compiling and publishing survey results. HR Acuity does not use any survey data for marketing or solicitation purposes. Click here to take the survey.

About HR Acuity™
HR Acuity™, LLC, is the leading provider of employee relations and workplace investigation solutions. HR Acuity designed and developed HR Acuity™ On-Demand, an award winning web-based application that minimizes an organization’s legal and financial risks by facilitating the consistent documentation of day-to-day employee relations issues and, when required, providing the HR Acuity proprietary five-stage methodology for conducting workplace investigations into allegations of misconduct. HR Acuity offers additional services that include neutral third-party workplace investigations, employee relations strategy and planning, investigation training, and certification programs and coaching. For additional information, visit the company’s website at

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