Not ready to fire? Give one last chance

  • April 28, 2017

Sometimes, a marginal worker shows promise and immediate termination isn’t warranted. Plus, you’re concerned that a lawsuit may follow the firing. In such cases,...

Your best practice: progressive discipline

  • August 26, 2016

In general, using a sensible progressive discipline program and documenting all disciplinary actions will help you justify a discharge—even in the face of apparent...

What to ask before punishing insubordination

  • January 26, 2016

An employee who doesn’t do what is asked of him or her is not necessarily insubordinate. Before disciplining for insubordination, delve a little deeper into the...

Can we discipline for bad behavior at party?

  • November 24, 2015

Q. At our company holiday party, which was not at the workplace or during work hours, an employee told some inappropriate jokes and put an arm around a co-worker who...

Discipline when dashed romance affects work

  • October 15, 2014

Bad relationships can affect employees in surprising ways. When a romance ends, anger and frustration at home can wind up infecting the workplace. You can discipline...

Handle an insubordinate employee

  • July 01, 2014

When an employee is insubordinate, it’s important to address it right away. Take a stand and make it clear that you will not tolerate the behavior.