Employees are the lifeblood of any company, and without them, your business will wither and die. However, you can’t just treat your employees like pets and expect them to obey your every command. Learn how to discipline your employees effectively with this useful guide on how to keep good employees by maintaining order in the workplace. The happier and more productive your workforce, the more profitable your company will be!
Set up rules with your employees
Start off your meeting by listing the rules. Having a list can make you more efficient when disciplining employees because it will save time. State which behaviors are considered breaking the rules and what they will result in (i.e., a verbal warning, an email reminding the employee of the rule, suspension, or termination). Next, ask your handling employees if they have any questions and get back to them with their answers as soon as possible.
Know when an employee may need a consequence
Employees might need a consequence if they show up late or their performance is consistently below average. If an employee has been late more than three times in the last six months, they may need a consequence. You should also provide a warning for these occurrences before issuing consequences so that employees are aware of what’s going on and know what could happen next. For example, If you come into work five minutes late again I will have to give you a written warning.
Give consequences that fit the infraction
If an employee is being rude or inconsiderate of others, they should be disciplined. If a first offense, the employee should be spoken to by the manager or supervisor and warned that another outburst will result in a less pleasant consequence. More severe offenses should result in something more painful for the employee, such as withholding some sort of privilege from them.
Allow your employee time to improve his/her conduct
When your employee starts acting out of line, one of the most important things you can do is give them time to improve their behavior. This can be anything from giving them a verbal warning, or even a written warning. Even better, if they’re acting as such because they need more direction, then talking with them and assigning some tasks so that they have a role is helpful too. And if all else fails, then you may have an issue with the employee and it might be best if you parted ways.
Train your new staff members on company policies early on
There are going to be times when you need to discipline your employees, such as when they have disobeyed a company policy. Once an infraction has been reported and dealt with, you should focus on making sure it doesn’t happen again by reviewing the company policies with your employees. You might also want to make some tweaks or changes so that there are no ambiguities about what is allowed and what isn’t. If there were mitigating circumstances surrounding the incident, make note of that too; all staff members will appreciate being treated fairly.
Help out struggling employees before they get worse
It is important to address employees’ mistakes as soon as they happen. Sometimes it can be difficult because employees may not admit they did anything wrong or deny the offense outright. Regardless, some things are hard for an employer not to notice, such as a lack of effort on the job. Other disciplinary infractions may be addressed by observation, such as chronic tardiness or drug use at work.
Use positive reinforcement
Give praise for a job well done. When you tell an employee that their work was great, we notice! It gives the employee incentive to be successful and do good work again. Plus, if you show people how much you appreciate them on a regular basis, they will want to keep being a part of your team. Remember that every single employee has things going on outside of work—a life outside of work. Recognize that no one is solely committed 24/7 to their job.
Don’t forget about asking for feedback from your team on how you can help them do their jobs better