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The Justin Goodbread Show

The Financially Simple podcast is your one-stop resource for small business owners. Gain unique insights into growing, refining, and selling businesses. You will hear ways business owners have reduced their tax liabilities, increased their income, improved office morale, saved for the retirement of their dreams, and more.
Host Justin Goodbread is a serial entrepreneur, CFP® (Certified Financial Planning professional), CEPA (Certified Exit Planning Advisor), and CVGA (Certified Value Growth Advisor) with years of experience guiding business owners from start to exit in their business.

Jul 18, 2022

In our business or personal lives, it’s probable that we sometimes step on other peoples’ toes. We’re only human, after all. As entrepreneurs and business owners, it’s also probable that there will be times when we need to handle a conflict or complaint brought to us by an employee or stakeholder. Whenever there’s a workplace issue, we need to follow some key actions and guidelines to effectively deal with conflict.


In this episode, I discuss how you can handle conflicts and complaints in the workplace. I examine why you may want to consider hiring an outside investigator when handling disputes in the workplace. I explain why you need to have a working knowledge of employment law whether you decide to hire an external investigator or not. I describe the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), the work that they do, and their guidelines for handling workplace investigations. I also underscore the importance of protecting all parties involved and highlight why you need to be detail-oriented when proceeding with an investigation.


“We have a lot to carry as business owners. What’s at risk are our reputation, livelihood, net worth, and the reputation of our team and the livelihood of families we’ve been entrusted with.” - Justin Goodbread


This week on the Financially Simple Experience:


  • The value of hiring external investigators when dealing with workplace issues
  • The Society of Human Resource Managers: its mission and goals
  • Employment laws and regulations every business owner should know
  • SHRM’s guidelines for conducting a workplace investigation
  • “Need-to-know” confidentiality and how to enforce it
  • How to protect the parties involved in a workplace complaint
  • Hiring an external investigator
  • Characteristics to look for in an external investigator
  • Why creating a plan of investigation matters
  • Developing investigation interview questions and why they need to be detailed
  • What investigation summaries should contain


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Our Favorite Quotes:


  • “If you are to do an investigation, you have to maintain strict, need-to-know confidentiality.” - Justin Goodbread
  • “You need to have a working knowledge of employment law, have strong interpersonal skills, and be able to build rapport, so you’re perceived as neutral or fair.” - Justin Goodbread
  • “You need to bring everything to light to ensure to the ultimate tribunal that you’ve done everything in your power to bring the truth.” - Justin Goodbread


About The Financially Simple Podcast

If you are looking for a podcast that speaks directly to the challenges and puzzles of running a business, you’ve come to the right place. The Financially Simple podcast was built for you. With over 400 episodes and counting, our host Justin Goodbread covers a broad range of topics, from starting a small business, to prepping it for sale, to growing your personal wealth. Justin’s combination of analytical skills, tough love, and a healthy dose of experience delivers practical ideas that will benefit business builders at every stage of their business journey. 

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Financially Simple is a division of WealthSource Partners, LLC (“WSP”), which offers investment advisory and financial planning services. All investing involves risk of loss, including the possible loss of principal. Past performance does not guarantee future results and nothing in this podcast should be construed as a guarantee of any specific outcome or profit. All market indices discussed are unmanaged, do not incur management fees, costs and expenses, and cannot be invested into directly. Business planning services offered by WealthSource Business Advisors, LLC (“WBA”).


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