Surveys are a great investigation tool when conducting witness interviews and gathering additional information from larger groups of employees. Although creating surveys can initially be time consuming and difficult to formulate, surveys can be used in a variety of situations within your workplace investigations to efficiently generate valuable information. Surveys allow you to collect large amounts of data in shorter periods of time when compared with the time it takes to individually interview employee witnesses. Chances are it’s going to still be beneficial to conduct face to face interviews with any employee witnesses that watched the misconduct or noticed the fraud firsthand, as these individuals have a greater amount of knowledge and are likely to be able to provide more detailed responses than other witnesses could. Surveys are a great tool for saving time and collecting information when there are a large number of witnesses that may only be able to provide smaller pieces of evidence or information relating to an investigation case. Surveys are also useful when collecting information from a large group to learn more about any changes they observed within the workplace that may have signaled that something unusual was taking place within the company.
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