HR Question of the Week – March 15, 2016

Question:

Can we give an employee a written warning for three unrelated concerns at once?

Answer:

Yes, you may issue simultaneous warnings to an employee. For example, if an employee is routinely tardy, underperforming, and insubordinate, you could address these issues in a single meeting. That said, it’s usually more effective to address issues as they arise than to save them for a later conversation.

In either case, we recommend documenting the issues and the steps you took to help the employee resolve them. Have the warning in writing so that both you and the employee can sign it, indicating that the meeting took place and the employee is aware of your concerns. This shows a good faith effort on your part, which may be helpful in the event the employee’s conduct doesn’t improve and you decide to terminate employment.

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