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Progressive discipline can be a slippery slope for managers, so we have put together a few tips for you.
First, it is important to understand what progressive discipline is and what it is not. Progressive discipline (even if you call it by another name) is designed and works best when used to open a dialogue between employees and managers, ensure alignment and mutual understanding of expectations, foster consistent practices, and map out a plan to help employees overcome potential barriers to success. So, let’s talk about a few best practices to help managers apply progressive discipline and corrective action effectively!
Your progressive discipline policy should not just create a document trail, nor should it be used as a “manage-out” process. If used in those manners, it can stifle the potential of employees, damage the morale of the team(s), and increase risks for improper employment practices. For these reasons, it is important that you properly train supervisors and managers, and that they have resources (many are free, like the ones linked here from OPM) available to assist them through the process. Legal and HR are also great resources for managers who are navigating the progressive discipline process.
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This is not legal advice.