Discipline & Termination

Demote a staffer? Make it work

November 29, 2015
If you decide that demotion is a viable alternative to terminating a particular employee, knowing how to execute the demotion properly is essential to making it work.

How to deal with the office snitch

October 23, 2015
“Erica’s been cutting out early every Friday,” comes the whisper in the break room. Managers don’t have time for this sort of pettiness—here’s what to do about it.

‘I’m outta here!’ When an employee quits without notice

October 21, 2015
Here’s how to keep business running as usual and make the transition as stress-free as possible.

How should I treat ‘mild insubordination’?

September 4, 2015
Q. A few of my employees sort of dance around the rules and have a little bit of an attitude. It’s a mild form of insubordination. What should I do?  — C.B., Florida

Get your employees to stop that %*#@ language!

July 24, 2015
Swearing doesn’t have to result in co-worker harassment or poor public relations in order for you to send out a cease-and-desist order. If you think someone’s language is a workplace problem, that’s all the justification you need to act.

A clothes call

June 16, 2015
What’s your office’s flip-flop factor? In any business, dress that is too relaxed can set a mood unconducive to productivity—and violators may see career repercussions.

Firing? Don’t ignite a lawsuit

June 10, 2015
How can you avoid the tension and anger in fired employees that might later manifest itself as a lawsuit? Try to stick to the following guidelines.

Is refusing overtime insubordination?

May 26, 2015
Q. Despite being given two hours’ notice, an employee refused to work overtime at the end of his shift because he said he had plans to attend his son’s track meet. Is this insubordination? — Jim, Ohio

What can I do about a rebel on staff?

April 17, 2015
Q. One of my employees is a good producer, but often skirts our rules and resists change. How should I handle him? — T.W., Michigan

The errors of comedy

March 13, 2015
Here are the rules of office humor, and ways to remind violators that not everything that’s funny is welcome in the workplace.