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Questions tagged [discipline]

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Dialog between manager and employee is mostly about discipline in technical sense when it should actually be about the employees skills

I am a technical lead for a team of consultants. We have a colleague who joined 1.5 years ago and has severe performance and some disciplinary problems. This employee has also a conflict with me - he ...
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I have a meeting with HR and my manager sometime next week, will I get fired [closed]

Last week one of my supervisors gave me heads up that another supervisor reported me to HR for taking food and hiding it on my work station to take home. I work in a nursing home and this was food ...
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How does GDPR affect what we can tell staff about another employee we have dismissed [closed]

We recently dismissed an employee with good reason. We told him that, as per the company policy, the fact he was dismissed was strictly confidential and that colleagues would not be told the reason ...
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How do I get my brother/coworker to do his work?

Just as a background, my brother lives with me. I have my own business but I also contract for another company that he works with me for. He works with me/at my direction for my own personal business, ...
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Accidentally missed a shift, how do I apologise?

I missed a shift and it was my fault. I would like to apologise and take measures so it doesn't happen again. I work seasonal at a large chain of retail stores. I take the work extremely seriously (...
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Managing a team member when co-located

I am co-located with my team member who reports to me. Near us, inside a room seating about 8 people, are other members from various unrelated teams. Often there is banter and jokes, that are no ...
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Disciplining engineer who embarrased senior engineer [closed]

I am a manager involved in getting project out the door quickly, and oversee several dozen engineers for this project. A year ago, my senior engineer designed a replacement technology for a core piece ...
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How to discipline a subordinate without involving HR or our Manager? [closed]

I have an extremely unique situation in which I need to discipline one of my subordinates for violating my privacy. My subordinate went through my desk without my permission while I was running a ...
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Is a written warning going to ruin my chance at a reference?

There was an incident where I was accused of being rude to a customer. This is the first incident I've ever had and I thought it'd been resolved but it's freaking me out. I know for a fact that I ...
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New manager penalising my team for 'tiredness' - how to shield them?

Background I'm an infrastructure support night team leader for a very large IT services company in the UK. Due to the requirement for 24/7 support that most of our clients have, the support teams are ...
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How to give a bad reference for a co-worker?

I'm in an interesting situation at work. I work with "Joe". Joe and I are both programmers, having both been professionally programming for about 20 years. Joe does some of the worst work I've seen ...
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How serious is a letter of reprimand for a US public school teacher?

My wife is a teacher in a public school and received a letter of reprimand. The boss thinks she revealed confidential information, but my wife argues she did not. She belongs to a union. How serious ...
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Is using internet proxies a sackable offence? [closed]

I'm based in the UK and am about six months into my first job as an Apprentice Software Dev, and came straight into it from college. All through high school and college we would easily bypass the ...
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What does “disciplinary action” usually mean?

I had worked at a call center, and hung up on a customer who was swearing at me. He called back and complained to management and they said there may be "disciplinary action". They ended up firing me ...
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What are the definitions of insubordinate and inappropriate? [closed]

I am curious what the definitions of "insubordinate" and "inappropriate" are in the context of workplace behaviors.
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How to negotiate with uncooperative senior engineers after they've been given new laptops they don't want to use

I'm a manager at a mid-sized engineering firm. We recently implemented a mandate that everyone has to now use a Windows laptop with various security tools installed on it for auditing, backup, and ...
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Cleaning Lady Snooping Around

Our company contracts cleaning services to a third party cleaning service. Last night I walked into my CEO's offices and caught our cleaning person sitting behind his desk on his chair texting and ...
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Purse stolen during fair - who is to blame? [closed]

We are a small company with the main focus on eCommerce. Sometimes we are also present at fairs to sell our products. Our stand is always pretty simple: It's just a row of tables (11m long, 0.6m deep -...
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Unclear responsibilities in consulting company in respect to HR relevant issues

The situation is a follows: I work as a senior consultant for customer projects (in Germany). Currently is one junior colleague (mainly) working with me on some projects for which I am responsible, ...
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To what extent can a teacher be disciplined for what they put on social media? [closed]

So this recently happened to a friend of mine who is a teacher. He uses twitter a lot. He has a separate account for work which uses a fake name, on this account he vents about work and generally ...
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I'm witnessing racial discrimination/favoritism- how do I report it?

I'm an off-shift chemist in a manufacturing plant. I work closely with a group of process workers, 90% of which are minorities. It seems like the African American and Hispanic workers are always ...
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Address the team or address the employee

There's a team lead who chooses to address the entire team whenever there is a problem with one employee. It's usually trivial to tell who is being referred to because the issue will be with something ...
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How can I best notify management of a toxic coworker?

My workplace has been dealing with an extremely rude coworker and I'm looking for the best way to describe or document that behavior so I can escalate the problem to management or HR. This colleague ...
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Can people complain about my grammar when I was not employed to use perfect English?

My company head hunted me for my abilities of a warehouse manager and people management skills. My English however has never been my strongest ability and they are now complaining about my grammar in ...
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Dealing With an Unfair Written Disciplinary Notice

Long story short: Was assigned support ticket to work on (as expected as part of my job) A short while after starting work on the ticket, an email went out to my team saying to "Not start working on ...
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How to manage an employee who talks too much?

I manage a team of engineers. For the most part everyone is self-motivated and doesn't need much management. There is one engineer in particular, though, that is very difficult to work with. He has ...
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Disciplinary due to response to stress [closed]

After many weeks of a stressful situation with extensive hours and demands, employee cracked and responded in a way they shouldn't (spoke harshly to boss in front of others in the office) in response ...
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Can HR penalize me for something I said in a bar during my free time? [closed]

The Scenario There is a large group of us at work who mingle socially. Generally every Friday we go to a bar after work, sometimes we meet up on weekends, go climbing etc. During this time we joke ...
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How to effectively manage team members when they are your friends?

Recently I've been promoted to Project Manager at my company and am responsible for managing team members to work on different projects. The problem I'm facing is that most of the team members are my ...
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Coworker's criminal conviction and current behavior make me uncomfortable

I work at some IT firm and recently, they have hired a "former" criminal (as a programmer) who was considered to be a possible suspect of two rape cases, and has spent some years in a jail for robbery....
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Someone in the office drinks water as a defence mechanism [closed]

Someone appears to drink water as a defence mechanism when in trouble in the office. As a point is being raised or feedback given, the person always brings their glass to their mouth and will drink (...
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Boss accuses me of not doing my job, calls my parents into a meeting [closed]

I work at the same company as my parents. My boss asked the director to call my parents into a meeting with me to discuss problems he has had with me for the last 2 years. My boss never documented ...
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Can I give an employee more that one warning a day? [closed]

I would like to know if I can give one particular employee 3 warnings on a day. She is a rep at my company and does merchandising is stores. After I went thru the reports and photos of the 3 stores ...
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I caught a co-worker plagiarizing my work. What should I expect from Management? [closed]

I caught a co-worker plagiarizing my work. What should I expect from Management? At my office, as part of progress towards leadership and management roles, candidates for those roles write monthly ...
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What should I do about receiving an unwarranted written warning? [closed]

I was given a written warning today that I believe is unwarranted. The statement is at best an inaccurate representation of what happened and I consider it completely wrong. Since this is a written ...
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Approaching a staff member who has repeatedly submitted falsified claims

I'm a team-lead in my company's IT department and I have five persons reporting to me. My team are regularly required to stand by after office hours to support certain activities. For these after-...
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Management technique to give warnings to employees?

I want to know what the following management technique is which seems to be used by company managers. Say there is an employee in a company who hadn’t performed well during the year. After a couple ...
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How to deal with dramatic and over-alarmed employees? [closed]

Quiet workplace... then - all of a sudden, a loud voice; complaints, criticism, aggressiveness. Everyone's attention is drawn to an argument - and sometimes the spotlight is on the person being ...
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How can I judge an appropriate response to selective enforcement of rules in the workplace? [closed]

I had a family emergency and needed to take a personal call from my father for 90 minutes during work against family policy. As a result, I was disciplined by my supervisor for failing to punch out ...