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Progressive Disciplinary Action

Progressive discipline is a process for dealing with job-related behavior that does not meet expected and communicated performance standards. The primary purpose for progressive discipline is to assist the employee to understand that a performance problem or opportunity for improvement exists. Find out more about progressive discipline.

Guidance for Effective Disciplinary Actions
No one wants to hear that their performance is less than expected. After counseling and coaching from a manager yield no improvement, however, written disciplinary actions must begin - to protect the company's interests - and to protect the interests of the employee. Employees are uncomfortable with disciplinary actions such as an employee...

Progressive Discipline Description
Know what discipline or disciplinary action is? Discipline helps an employee improve some aspect of his or her behavior or performance. Find out more.

Progressive Discipline Warning Form: Counseling Record for Disciplinary Warning
Need a sample form to document disciplinary action? This form documents the accompanying coaching, too.

How to Write Letters of Reprimand for Employee Performance
Want to know how to write a formal letter of reprimand that tells an employee that he or she has a performance problem? Here's how to write a reprimand letter.

How to Communicate Disciplinary Action
Know how to communicate with employees in a disciplinary action situation? You need to communicate disciplinary action in a timely, straightforward, positive manner, just as you would communicate praise. Find out more.

Performance Improvement Plan
The Performance Improvement Plan (PDP) facilitates constructive discussion and performance planning between an employee and the supervisor and specifies the work performance to improve. Learn more about this effort to avoid progressive disciplinary action.

Reprimand for Disciplinary Action
A reprimand is an official notice to an employee, either verbal or written, that his or her performance is failing in some expected component. The reprimand is provided following the failure of informal supervisory coaching to help the employee improve. A reprimand is serious business.

Sample Letter of Reprimand
Use this sample reprimand letter when the performance of your employee warrants a formal, official, documented reprimand.

Sample Letter of Termination for Cause
Need a sample letter to use when you terminate an employee for a reason? This sample letter of termination states the cause and confirms that the employment relationship is terminated. Use this sample letter of termination as a final step in progressive discipline.

Verbal Warning
Supervisors issue a verbal warning to an employee when poor performance warrants a disciplinary action more significant than supervisory counseling. Find out more about a verbal warning.

Written Reprimand Sample
Need a sample written reprimand? This written reprimand is provided to an employee so that he or she understands that coming to work late is failing to perform. See a sample for your progressive discipline system.

Documentation Is the Written and Retained Record of Employment Events
Documentation is the written record of employees actions, discussion, performance coaching, witnessed policy violations, disciplinary action, positive contributions, reward and recognition, employee contributions, and more. Documentation allows the employer or employee to preserve a written record of the happenings and discussions that occurred...

Communicating Following Disciplinary Action
When an employee receives progressive discipline, what can you tell his or her coworkers? After all, they're probably wondering what went on.

Counseling or Work Coaching
The first step in any effort to improve employee performance is counseling or coaching. Use effective counseling techniques to minimize the need for progressive discipline.

Promote Self-Discipline!
Most supervisors dislike taking disciplinary action almost as much or more than they dislike doing traditional performance appraisals. Employees dislike disciplinary action even more than supervisors. Here's a guide to minimizing the need for disciplinary action.

How to Manage a Deadbeat Employee
A deadbeat employee is an employer's nightmare. You know the occasional employee I am talking about. He doesn't show up for work, calls in sick, and milks the time off policy, always walking on the edge, but never falling off. He walks the edge of the work policies and processes, too. He does just enough to stay employed but doesn't grow...

How to Fire an Employee
Progressive discipline is used as a method to help an employee improve his performance. Sometimes it works and sometimes you end up terminating the individual's employment. Here's how to legally and ethically terminate employment.

How to Fire With Compassion and Class
Managers cite firing employees as the job they most hate to do. Sometimes, terminating a staff person’s employment is the best step to take for your organization. Sometimes terminating a person’s employment is the kindest action you can take for the person. In some circumstances, firing an employee is an immediate necessity for the safety and...

Is a Poisonous Attitude a Reason to Fire an Employee?
"An employee with a tremendous amount of knowledge is tremendously bitter and angry all the time. She is very good at her job. She also believes everyone else is incompetent at theirs. This person used to have a leadership position..."

Surfing the Web at Work
Employees spend between one and three hours a day surfing the web on personal business at work, depending on the study consulted. Here is what employers are worried about and suggested actions for employers to take.

What Is a Scheduled Absence?
Absences occur when an employee is absent or not present at work during a normally scheduled work period. Sometimes they merit disciplinary action. Read more about scheduled absences.

Absenteeism and Absenteeism Policy
Absenteeism is usually addressed through progressively stricter disciplinary measures that can result in the termination of the individual's employment.

Fire an Employee - What Is the Best Day to Fire an Employee and Why
Details employers have considered when firing an employee have changed in recent years due to online resources. Employers believed that it was unkind to fire an employee on Friday because the employee would be unable to weekend job search. The times they are a’changing, but some things never change. It’s still important to develop a solid...

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