HR Glossary
Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary Action

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What is Disciplinary Action?

Disciplinary action is typically something that an employer may take against an employee for breaking workplace regulations or breaking other rules or laws. disciplinary action can take different forms, including:

  • A verbal warning
  • A written warning
  • A poor performance review or evaluation
  • A performance improvement plan 
  • A reduction in rank or pay
  • Termination

Discipline can be imposed through a negative performance review, firing, suspension, transfer, demotion, etc.

How Should Employers organize Rules of Behavior for Disciplinary Action?

 Because the employees’ behavior affects the company’s productivity, employees’ behavior should be regulated by the company. Therefore, the company should organize rules for behavior for disciplinary actions.

The employee handbook should contain the rules for behavior for disciplinary actions, including the process of disciplinary action. The employee handbook should be distributed to all managers and employees, and a summary of the rules should be posted in the employer’s office. Employees should be trained regarding the rules in a training session.

Why are disciplinary actions necessary? 

One reason is that they help to ensure that employees understand what is expected of them and that they are held accountable for their actions. Disciplinary actions also help to discourage employees from engaging in future misconduct. Finally, disciplinary actions can help to restore trust and confidence in an organization, particularly if they are carried out in a fair and transparent manner.