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Discipline Policy

Before an IT manager ever gets involved in disciplinary actions, there should be policies in place regarding acceptable behavior for employees. Integrating progressive discipline  into these policies will display both seriousness and good will to employees. Following these procedures will provide a record of events as they unfold.

 Factors to consider in defining the discipline policy are outlined as follows:

  • Establish standards of behavior.

  • State the steps that are to be taken during progressive discipline.

  • Enumerate firing offenses that may or may not proceed through progressive discipline  depending on the severity of the offense.

  • Determine the individuals who will be responsible for tracking and reviewing the behavior of employees.

  • Determine the person or persons who will be responsible for applying discipline and firing employees.

  • Define a process for reviewing behavior and providing feedback.

  • Document every discussion and any other forms of communications between the employer and employee throughout the discipline and firing process.

  • Determine the individuals who will perform the higher-level reviews from IT management and Human Resources  while enforcing the discipline policy.

  • Make the consequences of undesirable behavior well known.

  • Emphasize that relationships with employees whether considered in good standing or not have no bearing on the application of policy.

  • Apply the discipline policy soon after the occurrence of violations.

  • Maintain consistency as policies are applied.

The above book excerpt is from:

You're Fired! Firing Computer Professionals

The IT manager Guide for Terminating "With Cause"

ISBN 0-9744486-4-8

Robert Papaj


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