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Progressive Discipline

Progressive Discipline

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Progressive Discipline

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  1. Progressive Discipline

  2. Session Objectives • Apply progressive discipline steps fairly and consistently • Identify laws and policy requirements affecting discipline • Conduct effective disciplinary meetings • Document disciplinary action properly

  3. Session Outline • Discipline and the law • The need for consistency • Investigations of disciplinary problems • Steps in progressive discipline • Disciplinary meetings • Documentation of disciplinary actions

  4. Why Progressive Discipline? • Establishes expectations and predictability • Applies consequences fairly and consistently • Corrects inappropriate behavior and poor performance • Helps rehabilitate employees with potential • Protects against complaints and lawsuits

  5. Discipline and the Law • EEO laws • Consistency and fairness • Retaliation • Wrongful discharge

  6. Discipline Policy • Provides legal protection • Reassures “good” employees • Puts potential offenders on notice • Protects employees from inappropriate actions of co-workers • Gives violators the opportunity to improve

  7. Employee Handbook • Informs employees of policy • Advises that the policy will be enforced • Allows some flexibility

  8. Common Discipline Problems • Attendance • Performance or behavior • Safety

  9. Common Discipline Problems (cont.) • Equipment and materials • Substance abuse • Harassment, fighting, or violence

  10. Consistency • Always follow the company’s progressive discipline policy • Respond to all rule violations immediately • Use discipline only for genuine violations

  11. Consistency (cont.) • Discipline all similar offenses in the same way • Make discipline appropriate to the offense • Give the employee an opportunity to correct the problem

  12. Investigations • Make sure you have all the facts • Document findings • Give workers the chance to explain • Interview witnesses

  13. Foundations of Discipline • Questions?

  14. Progressive Discipline Steps • Oral warning • Written warning • Suspension • Termination

  15. Oral Warnings • Meet privately and state the problem clearly • Listen to the employee’s explanation • Be sure the employee understands the rule • Issue the warning and explain the next disciplinary step • Agree on an action plan

  16. Written Warnings • For repeated or serious problems • Get prior approval from HR • State the facts clearly and objectively • Include an action plan for improvement • Sign and have the employee sign • Give the employee a copy and file a copy

  17. Suspension • Confer with HR • Meet with the employee • Sign the forms • Meet with the employee again after suspension • Follow up

  18. Termination • Use only as a last resort or for very serious violations • Consult with HR and investigate carefully • Follow required termination procedures • Meet with the employee • Document the meeting in a signed report

  19. Disciplinary Meetings • Talk privately and promptly after offense • Be calm and objective • Let the employee explain

  20. Disciplinary Meetings (cont.) • Determine the facts • Emphasize the seriousness of the situation

  21. Disciplinary Meetings (cont.) • Determine the best discipline • Agree on a plan of action • Document the meeting

  22. Documenting Discipline • Include key information • Keep records for as long as policy mandates • Remove warnings and other documentation when allowed to give employees a clean slate

  23. Key Points to Remember • Steps in progressive discipline: oral warning, written warning, suspension, and termination • Be consistent and follow company policy • Help employees correct discipline problems • Protect yourself and the organization by documenting disciplinary actions