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Employee Discipline

  1. 1. TAKING A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE Thomas R. Maloney 306 Warren Hall Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853 Tel: 607-2551628 Email: [email_address] People in Ag Webinar July 16, 2008
  2. 2. PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AND DISCIPLINE ARE CLOSELY TIED
  3. 3. PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT: <ul><li>The daily process of working toward previously established performance expectations followed by a formal or informal evaluation </li></ul>
  4. 4. BUSINESS DIRECTION GOALS PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS APPRAISAL COACHING AND FEEDBACK
  5. 5. Continuous feedback is the key to performance management
  6. 6. Performance related issues are different from blatant disregard for the rules or the law
  7. 7. PERFORMANCE RELATED ISSUES <ul><li>Poor quality </li></ul><ul><li>Poor productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Poor attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Ineffective interpersonal relationships </li></ul>
  8. 8. BREAKING RULES OR LAWS <ul><li>Theft </li></ul><ul><li>Drugs in the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual harassment </li></ul><ul><li>Working under the influence of alcohol </li></ul>
  9. 9. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF DISCIPLINE?
  10. 10. Either the employer or the employee can terminate the relationship at any time for any reason “ AT WILL” EMPLOYMENT
  11. 11. Given that many states are at will employment states why is there such a great fear of discharging an employee?
  12. 12. TWO EVENTS HAVE ERODED “AT WILL” EMPLOYMENT <ul><li>An increase in protective legislation </li></ul><ul><li>The concept of an implied contract for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long term employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Termination only for a good cause </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Erosion of “at will” employment has increased the emphasis on documentation
  14. 14. PROGRESSIVE EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE STRATEGIES
  15. 15. PROGRESSIVE DICIPLINE DEFINED <ul><li>A progressive approach to discipline which defines unacceptable behavior and communicates the consequences of that behavior. The employee is involved in every step of the process </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>THE PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE APPROACH </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal warning </li></ul><ul><li>Written warning </li></ul><ul><li>Termination </li></ul>
  17. 17. Some discipline approaches use a decision making leave day
  18. 18. Much of the current discipline literature emphasizes documentation
  19. 19. THE KEY COMPONENTS FOR DOCUMENTING DISCIPINE The E FOSA + System
  20. 20. E-FOSA + <ul><li>E xpectations </li></ul><ul><li>F acts (What, When, Where, Where) </li></ul><ul><li>O bjectives (Define Expectations) </li></ul><ul><li>S olutions (Methods to Improve Performance) </li></ul><ul><li>A ction (Consequences) </li></ul><ul><li>+ create opportunities for employee to succeed </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Paterson & Debleax, Documenting Discipline, Fourth Edition </li></ul>
  21. 21. THREE PRACTICAL BOOKS <ul><li>The Progressive Discipline Handbook by Margerie Mader-Clark and Lisa Guerin </li></ul><ul><li>Documenting Discipline, Fourth Edition by Lee T. Paterson and Mike Deblieux </li></ul><ul><li>101 Sample Write Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems by Paul Falcone </li></ul>

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