Using a ‘write up’ as a form of punishment or scare tactic for employees is one of the most ineffective forms of management I can think of. I hear companies say ‘we are going to write you up if your performance doesn’t improve’. It makes me laugh. Really? Write me up? And then what? And that’s where many companies fall short.
A write-up is a form of punishment, but often times no positive or proactive steps are taken after the write up to encourage the desired behavior/productivity from the client. That’s just one reason why I feel this method is ineffective.
Another point, if your employee is not living up to your standards, why are they still your employee?? Sure I believe in the old ‘three strikes and you’re out’ rule…but you don’t have to write someone up to let them know they they are not meeting company standards.
Take a different approach
Instead of punishing, take a proactive approach to ameliorate the problem. If your employee does not improve with training, education and positive mentoring, there is no reason to keep them around. Writing them up won’t help either.
For documentation purposes, you may want to keep a file on this employee and note the days/times that HR discussed performance or offered additional training and coaching. This will help you document the timeline leading up to an employee elimination.
Managers are not ‘parents’. Employees need not be afraid of them or fear their wrath. What type of a work environment is that??? Mutual respect is the best way to move a company forward. If one person can’t keep up, consider positive reinforcement to bring about change. If that doesn’t work, it’s bye-bye birdie!
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