101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems: A Guide to Progressive Discipline & Termination
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There's no escaping problem employees. But with 101 prewritten disciplinary write-ups at a manager's fingertips, there is a way to escape the headaches, anxiety, and potential legal trouble of performance review or counseling sessions. Completely updated and covering the latest developments in employment law, the second edition of "101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems" explains the disciplinary process from beginning to end and provides ready-to-use model documents in print and on disk that eliminate the stress and second-guessing about what to do and say. Expertly written, the write-ups cover every kind of problem substandard work quality, absenteeism, insubordination, e-mail misuse, sexual harassment, drug or alcohol abuse, and more. Readers will also find new information on laying the ground work for a tidy dismissal; tying progressive discipline to annual performance reviews; formally addressing intermittent FMLA abuse; ways to avoid drafting documentation that could later be used against their company; and much more. There is perhaps no more dreaded managerial task than communicating with an employee about a disciplinary problem, but this one-of-a-kind guide helps managers handle any scenario fairly, constructively, and, most importantly legally.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #43641 in Books
- Published on: 2010-03-24
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 2
- Dimensions: 1.10" h x 8.40" w x 10.90" l, 2.45 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 400 pages
- ISBN13: 9780814415467
- Condition: USED - Very Good
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"In 101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems, the author, Paul Falcone, a human resource executive, covers everything from disciplining probationary employees to how to communicate senior-level firings. It even comes with a CD-ROM that includes all the sample forms. obviously, managers will want to run these by their company's lawyers before doing anything, but it seems like a solid place to start." -- Paul Brown's Tool Kit column in The New York Times
"101 Sample Write-Ups may be the only resource you'll need. When you feel you need to document an employee's actions (or inactions), turn to this great tool."
— Legal Management
From the Back Cover
There is perhaps no more dreaded managerial task than communicating with an employee about a disciplinary problem. But when performance problems become apparent, you can't just ignore them. You need to deal with them head-on.
Not sure of the best way to handle a particular situation? Turn to 101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems: A Guide to Progressive Discipline & Termination. Now completely revised and updated, the book has been the trusted resource for managers for more than a decade.
Expertly written, the guidebook covers dozens of problems likely to occur in the workplace, from substandard work quality, absenteeism, and poor attitude to sexual harassment, insubordination, and more.
Among the new write-ups found in this edition of the highly popular reference guide are how to deal with such problems as:
• Politically incorrect behavior
• Lack of leadership or trust
• Failure to communicate upward and/or follow through
• Lack of teamwork
• Use of Internet pornography
• Managerial misconduct and retaliation
• Failure to disclose a conflict of interest or personal relationship
• Violation of intellectual property rights
This completely updated edition also includes an appendix on SOX requirements and samples of how to deal with intermittent FMLA abuse.
Because writing someone up doesn't always result in a correction of the problem at hand, readers will also find creative alternatives to formal disciplinary warnings that will help turn around those flying "just below the radar." There are 18 sample termination letters included.
Also inside: advice for tying progressive discipline to annual performance reviews; ways to avoid drafting documentation that could later be used against your company; summary dismissals; and much more.
The book isn't merely a reference, but a resource that managers can turn to any time they need to generate a corrective action notice. All 101 samples in the book are easily accessible for viewing via the companion CD-ROM and can be downloaded and customized with minimal effort. Simply put, you'll no longer have to guess at what verbiage you should include in a write-up. This one-of-a-kind guide helps managers handle any scenario fairly, constructively, and—most important—legally.
Paul Falcone is Vice President of Employee Relations at Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles and was formerly Vice President of Human Resources at Nickelodeon. He is the author of 2600 Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews, 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees, 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire, The Hiring and Firing Question and Answer Book, and Productive Performance Appraisals. Falcone is also a longtime contributor to HR Magazine and a nationally recognized speaker on hiring and performance management.
About the Author
PAUL FALCONE (Valencia, CA) is Vice President of Employee Relations at Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles and was formerly Vice President of Human Resources at Nickelodeon. He is the author of several books including 2600 Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews (978-0-8144-7282-8), 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees (978-0-8144-1348-7), and 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire (978-0-8144-1351-7).
Most helpful customer reviews
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful.
This book saved my sanity
By A Customer
A long-term problem employee was transferred to my department. I'd seen other two other supervisors repeatedly get intimidated by her, and the HR dept. ignore the entire situation. A friend recommended this book to me, and WOW what a help! The author gave me verbiage for the disciplinary conversations I had to have with my employee, showed me how to document her poor performance, and the attorney who eventually reviewed the file at HR's request gave me an "A". The new HR person who took over right as the employee was resigning (on the verge of being terminated), said the written warnings were the best she had ever seen. Disciplining this employee was a very difficult, emotional process, but I felt confident that I was doing the right thing for my company, and legally was protected because this book took me step by step through it all.
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful.
Emphasis on deterrence and progressive discipline
By E. A. Lovitt
I liked Paul Falcone's emphasis on the objective of a disciplinary system, i.e. "to create and maintain a productive and responsive workforce..." I wish I'd read this book before one of my employees brought a gun to work...and almost didn't get fired because I had not documented his previous acts of intimidation. Falcone urges us (and explicitly tells us how to) write up work place problems in such a fashion that adequately documents subpar performance, and encourages the employee to rehabilitate himself or herself.
NOTE: I see that other reviewers emphasized the sample letters and diskette, so I'd just like to add that Falcone's introductory chapters are also very informative and lucidly written. He tells you why and how you can treat a subpar employee fairly and thus keep your corporation from having to hire back the employees that you eventually had to fire.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
Great for supervisors who want excellent documentation
By A Customer
This book is a lifesaver, especially since all the write ups are on diskette. It really gives a detailed outline of how someone is to be disciplined. From the outlines in the book it gives detailed step by step instructions on how to document employee performance issues. I'm glad I bought the book.