Using the Employee Warning Notice as your guide, you'll be better prepared for more effective conversations with a plan to help turn the problem around. Plus, you’ll effortlessly practice fair and consistent documentation practices for all employees. Here's how:
Take the focus off of the person and onto the problem with an objective, regulated approach designed to support your company's highest objectives. When you’re better prepared for a difficult discussion, you’ll be more comfortable and so will your employees. Once you’ve worked through the Employee Warning Notice form, print it out and use it as your guide during the discussion for a more productive, constructive experience so you both can understand each other better and increase the likelihood of improvement.
Document disciplinary or performance issues, follow-up actions, employee statement and possible consequences with a consistent process that helps ensure fair treatment for all employees. If termination is necessary, this documentation is crucial should legal disputes arise proving you discussed the issue with the employee multiple times and gave them ample opportunity to improve.
Discipline is a rare case in employee management where it's not best to keep it strictly confidential. An employee may refuse to sign a warning notice or deny it later anyway. That's why the legal and compliance experts at ComplyRight recommend meeting with the employee and a witness. The Employee Warning Notice leaves space to document the witness's name. Then in a legal dispute, the witness can confirm in your defense that proper disciplinary communication occurred.