Discipline & Termination

A new worker proves to be a one-trick pony

January 1, 2007
You hired Doug in a hurry to help with a big project. His performance on the project was exemplary, but he’s completely bombed everything else you’ve given him to do.

When an employee is caught in a lie

December 1, 2006
A single untruth needn’t result in imme­diate dismissal, but a steady pattern of unreliable reporting or telling tall tales undoubtedly makes an employee a poor team member.

Be clear and positive when enforcing rules

May 1, 2006
Definite guidelines help clarify expec­tations and prevent wasted effort. Managers who can put appropriate rules in place and see that they are followed create an important edge for themselves and their teams.

A solid worker has a less-than-solid résumé?

May 1, 2006
You’d hate to lose a good worker, but you know you can’t ignore the deception. Your organization doesn’t have a specific policy on this issue. What should you do?

What to do–always–before you fire someone

April 1, 2006
It’s hard, but necessary, to terminate employees who commit misdeeds or who just aren’t performing, because they keep everyone else from perform­ing as well. But it’s equally necessary to make sure that you approach each potential termination systematically and fairly, to stay out of legal danger.

Combat tardiness with progressive discipline

September 1, 2005
Q. Some of our assistants are good employees, but they’re constantly late. What can we do to get them to come to work on time? —A.A., Virginia

When a key employee leaves

February 1, 2005
When you work in an enterprise to which every position and every person is vital, the loss of any employee interferes with the workflow. It’s important to close the gap as quickly as you can with minimum disruption.

A termination primer for managers

June 1, 2004
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done as a manager? Whether you’re a novice team leader or the CEO, odds are the answer is “Letting someone go.” Here’s some practical advice to guide you when termination seems the only solution to a performance problem:

Manager’s Checkup: Are you too quick to discipline?

January 1, 2004
Changing an employee’s problem behavior is always a challenge, but it’s almost impossible if we resort to disciplinary action before understanding the problem. Take this quiz and find out how quickly you turn to discipline — and if that’s too quickly.

He broke a rule? What to say

August 1, 2003
No one likes to discipline team members, but eventually you’ll face a gut-wrenching moment when you have to enforce the organization’s rules.