Discipline & Termination

Nasty words in the *#!$% workplace

October 1, 2007
Many of us work in places where harsh language is common, but we also know that it’s possible for the foul-mouthed to get in trouble.

Did you screw up? And what do you do now?

June 1, 2007
You’ve just disciplined an employee for violating a clear-cut policy … or so you thought.

What to do with tardy employees

March 1, 2007

Dealing with an employee who’s often a little late for work can be frustrating. It’s one of those small, nagging problems that can take more time and energy to correct than it seems worth.

When you have to fire someone

February 1, 2007
It’s a topic of perennial interest to managers everywhere: When and how do I go about terminating someone?

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