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Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary Action is a procedure of responding to an employee’s misconduct. This action is considered when an employee does not follow company policies, regulations and causes problems to the employer. It is an employer’s reaction to an employee’s negative or unprofessional behavior. Disciplinary action is applied depending upon the seriousness of the situation. It is a method of dealing with such a concern

Types of Disciplinary Action procedures:

Formal procedure: Officially documented in the company books and followed closely by the employer.

Informal procedure: Usually handled by reporting managers or team leaders unofficially. Can be considered as an unofficial warning.

The formal procedure can be followed in various ways

  • A verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Evaluation; performance review
  • Termination of the employee

What types of employee behaviors result in disciplinary action?

  • A threat to the coworkers
  • Excessive use of bad words at the workplace
  • Theft
  • Lack of discipline
  • Discrimination (Gender, color, sex)
  • Sexual harassment complaints
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