101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems: A Guide to Progressive Discipline & Termination

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Introduction
Warning! The traditional negative connotation of discipline in the workplace is an outdated vestige of the past. In today’s workplace, progressive discipline is going to assume a new role, more positive than anything we’ve seen up to now. So don’t pick up this book thinking that you’re about to enter a world of negative strategies to mandate employee compliance by wielding tools of control. Attracting and retaining the best talent has to do with encouraging people to be their best. It’s about leadership, fairness, and a willingness to address problem issues head-on.Progressive discipline is a means of communicating problem issues directly and in a timely fashion so that employees can involve themselves in the problem-solving process. However, proper communication—both verbal and written—is difficult to accomplish without a framework for structuring your thoughts and sharing your suggestions with your employees. The tools presented in this book offer solutions to one of the most difficult management issues: addressing the inevitable problems that surface in the workplace while maintaining worker loyalty, confidence, and buy-in.The crux of the employee relations system presented here lies in treating workers with dignity and respect. This simple premise seems easy enough to master, yet many companies have learned the hard way that mishandling disciplinary actions strips people of their dignity and provokes feelings of revenge and anger that all too often find outlet only in the courts.This book will show you how to:
♦. Enhance employee performance. Rather than hitting workplace performance problems head-on with negative or punitive measures—or worse, avoiding the problem until it becomes intolerable—you’ll learn to address minor infractions before they become major impediments. This book will model a system that will enable you to provide subpar performers with tools, direction, and training to turn unacceptable behavior into positive output.
♦. Protect your company. Furthermore, this book attempts to incorporate all the legal theory floating around out there into one usable format that simultaneously makes documenting subpar performance easier for managers, makes accepting responsibility for one’s actions a primary tenet for employees, and, most important, shifts the responsibility for performance

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