What is a Disciplinary Action?

Disciplinary action is a corrective measure taken by an employer in response to employee misconduct, rule violation, or poor performance. The types of disciplinary actions can vary from verbal warnings to suspension or termination, depending on the severity of the case.

What types of behavior results in disciplinary action?

Regardless of the type of business, there are certain types of behavior that should always result in disciplinary action. These include:

  • Any threats or acts of violence, particularly directed towards employees or customers.
  • Sexual harassment or assault, especially in the workplace.
  • Any fraudulent activity, including unauthorized use and misappropriation of funds.
  • Theft in any form.
  • Discrimination of any kind, whether based on race, gender, age, religion, or any other factor.

How can employers take measures on disciplinary action?

It’s important for employers to make their expectations clear to employees regarding behavior and performance standards. Here are some ways to do so:

  • Have a written policy in place for disciplinary action.
  • Clearly define acceptable behavior, performance expectations, and consequences for violating company policy.
  • Provide employees with training and resources to help them meet expectations.
  • Document incidents of misconduct or poor performance in order to establish a consistent disciplinary process.

By setting clear expectations and following a consistent disciplinary process, employers can maintain a safe and productive work environment for all employees.