Now this is not to say that 60% are sitting around doing nothing. Far from it. But a significant percentage, due to lack of clarity, motivation, confidence and accountability have settled back into cruise control. It’s not intentional and its not malicious. It’s just human nature.
Employers have tried countless ways to improve employee performance and drive motivation and moral. Some organizations are driving employees through fierce competition while others strive to ensure a congenial, team-based atmosphere. No one can claim with total assurance that they’ve found a method for driving performance that works consistently.
Consistency, in the context of investigations, is replacing the thousands of individual investigation management strategies with a consistent investigation management methodology. Implementing consistency can replace the risk associated with poor investigation management practices.
The key benefits of consistency are that it delivers clarity, motivation, confidence and accountability to investigators.
Clarity: Clarity is an inevitable outcome of consistency. Without a consistent investigation management methodology, you can find yourself completely unaware of what you are meant to be doing on a daily basis. Consistency in investigation management methodologies will provide clarity on the investigation objectives, allowing you to focus with a fierce, undeterrable nature.
Motivation: When you are on top of your investigation tasks for the day/week and you can see progress, you feel naturally motivated. Fierce, potentially – but confident, most definitely! Your productivity increases significantly and are constantly motivated to just keep going and do better every time. Consistency sets the guidelines and expectations investigators have of themselves, and ultimately, you start looking for new ways to conquer the investigation objectives.
Confidence: When you’re clear minded & motivated, it’s only normal that your confidence is raised. You’ll find yourself a lot more assertive, self-assured and confident in the decisions you’re making. There’s a difference between arrogance and confidence, so don’t get them confused. Nothing is more appealing for colleagues and management than someone who is confident in their abilities, approach and demeanour. You will naturally instil trust through your tone and body language.
Accountability: It is innately human to deflect responsibility and point blame elsewhere when we haven’t got the outcome we wanted. By implementing consistent investigation management methodologies that keep an investigation on course, you inevitably create accountability for not only yourself, but the investigation team.
As you will note, each of these points is a flow on from the last. They’re all interrelated. Each key benefit is meant to empower you more than the last and really help build yourself up professionally.
Elementising Evidence is more than an alternative approach to investigation and evidence management. It is innovative craft to investigation management that delivers consistency to investigation management.
Craig Doran, Founder and visionary for the COMtrac investigation, evidence and brief management methodology called Elementising Evidence.
Craig knows the challenges private sector agencies, law enforcement and government regulatory agencies have in maintaining the effectiveness and quality of investigations within environments where information technology is mainly focussed on case administration and business intelligence rather then the actual operational environments.
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