Does your company have a written progressive disciplinary process? If so, do your managers and supervisors always follow it fairly and consistently? One slip-up, as a new case shows, can smash your company in court.
is a system in which penalties increase upon repeat occurrences. The typical stages in the workplace are: (1) counseling or a verbal warning; (2) a written warning; (3) suspension or demotion; and (4) termination. But don’t pick and choose which employees you run through progressive discipline. It’s critical to apply those procedures to all employees or none.
Case in Point: Debbie Peirick coached the tennis team at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In her 13th season as coach, she led the team to its best record ever and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time. The team also held the highest grade point average of any IUPU...(register to read more)