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Progressive disciplineA progressive discipline system is the best way to correct employee performance problems.

It’s also the best way to protect against wrongful termination lawsuits. It allows you to ensure that any employee fired because of inferior performance was treated fairly and in accordance with your company’s policies.

Here’s a five-step model for progressive discipline:

1. Oral reprimand

As soon as a supervisor perceives a worker’s performance problem, he or she should issue an oral reprimand. The supervisor should ask the worker whether there are any long-term problems or skill deficiencies that need to be corrected. Have the manager keep detailed notes or prepare a memo to file about the conversation, in case further action is necessary.

2. Written warning

If the problem persists (or more problems emerge), the supervisor should provide the employee with a written warning detailing the objectionable behavior, along with the cons...(register to read more)

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Bill Kolweni July 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm

What the fact that the employee has the right to appeal against a written warning issued to him? Nothing is being said about issue of the right of recourse or possibility of employee appealing decision taken against him or her. I’m just triggered by this issue of Disciplinary Process! Interesting phenomenon ,though!


phillip d steward May 14, 2017 at 4:19 am

I would rathdr be treated like a child andget a second chance but after 18 years of state service and first time ever arguement because of heath issues clean record I was terminated.


Knee grows December 7, 2016 at 2:33 pm

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CJ428 May 21, 2016 at 11:13 pm

Funny, but “progressive discipline” is listed by many as one of the top ten features of horrible companies. Treating adults like bad children is not a winning policy, no matter how afraid of lawsuits you are.


Bojan November 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Just follow company standards of behavior and you will be just fine.


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