Monday, February 4, 2008

Discipline Science or Art

Conducting effective discipline sessions are both an art and a science. We’ll teach you where you can compromise . . . and where you can’t.

Basically, there are three forms of disciplinary action:

You can give a written warning
You can suspend an employee without pay for a designated span of time
You can dismiss the employee

A part of this “art” we mentioned above involves understanding which type of discipline session might be appropriate when. The other part involves determining what you can say throughout a session. You do have some leeway depending on the particulars of your employee and also his breach. Every case is different, every person is distinct, and most every workplace culture is unique . . . so it’s hard to submit carved-in-stone rules.

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