How to create a sound progressive discipline policy

By Peter Israel and Chris Foulon
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Whether out of fear of legal repercussions or ignorance, many employers are paralyzed when it comes to poor performance or attitudinal problems of employees. A suggested approach to this problem is to take corrective action that, when communicated by way of written policies and verbal discussions and consistently applied, can become a win-win situation for employer and employee alike.

The following are the main elements of a sound progressive discipline policy program:

•Senior management, with input from front line management, should analyze each job and create a job description.