Four Steps in Progressive Discipline
After the new employee has had time to adjust, it is important to restate the policy of progressive discipline. All employees should be fully aware of the actions that will follow their single or repeated mistakes. If the employee ignores or fails to correct a problem, they are subject to:
- Oral Warning: A private discussion about the problem takes place, where expectations are set to further help the employee understand their role and how to correct it.
- Written Warning: A notice that reviews the previous private discussion and the employee’s promise to resolve the problem. A written warning indicates formality and a more serious situation.
- Suspension: A time period of one to three days without pay depending on the severity of the problem. (Note: Nevada employers may prefer to issue their employees another written warning as a final step before dismissal)
- Termination: The final action to take place when the previous stages have proved to be unsuccessful. This would include an employee disregarding the severity of an oral or written warning, as well as failure to make any effort in correcting the problem.
It is most common for employers to implement these disciplinary steps as soon as possible, stating them in the employee handbook where a written confirmation immediately follows. This provides a clear set of expectations from the beginning, as well as documentation of employee acknowledgement to these rules.
Rules That Require Disciplinary Action
Any structure for disciplinary action is intended to act as a framework for discussion, depending on the employee’s mistakes and their individual placement within the company. It is important to listen to the employee’s explanation before determining a fitting punishment. For example, an employee who is late may have unexpected circumstances occur that caused the problem. Alternatively, if more severe mistakes are made, such as endangerment to the health and safety of others or damage to the company’s reputation, then more drastic action should immediately take place in order to prevent any further issues.
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