Progressive Discipline

Progressive Discipline 

Employee and Labor Relations provides unbiased information and guidance to both supervisors and employees regarding disciplinary issues. The goal is to provide each employee with a full opportunity for success.

Progressive Discipline Policies and Appeal Processes

Progressive Discipline

The progressive discipline process includes several steps. Although supervisors often proceed in the order shown below, some serious issues may require a supervisor to go directly to a written reprimand or even to an adverse action.

Coaching and Counseling

Coaching is used by supervisors to encourage and motivate their employees to achieve better performance. Counseling is used to resolve a problem. 

Verbal Counseling

If a problem continues after counseling, a supervisor may discuss the issue with the employee and explain the necessary corrective action. 

Written Reprimand 

If a problem continues after a verbal counseling, a supervisor may utilize a written reprimand to help an employee understand the issue and take corrective action. 

Performance Improvement Plan

If a problem continues after a written reprimand, a supervisor may utilize a Performance Improvement plan to clarify areas of work performance that must be improved.

Adverse Action

If a problem continues after a written reprimand or performance improvement plan, a supervisor  may take adverse disciplinary action that affects an employee’s pay or status, including a fine, forfeiture of accrued annual leave, suspension, salary reduction, demotion, or dismissal.