HR Glossary
Verbal Warning

Verbal Warning

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What is the verbal warning ?

A verbal warning refers to a corrective action taken by a company employee, verbal warning differs from a verbal scolding.

A verbal warning is usually given when an employee makes a mistake or does something wrong to company policy, but the employee is not reprimanded.

Employees who receive verbal warnings are usually those who have shown some kind of unacceptable behavior at work, This may include coming in late, missing work days, not following company policy, or causing discord with co-workers, While some employees may view verbal warnings as nothing more than a slap on the wrist, they can actually be quite helpful in getting employees back on track.

When an employee is engaging in unacceptable behavior, it's important to get the point across that this behavior is not tolerable. A verbal warning lets the employee know that their behavior is not up to par and that they need to change it.