Satisfactory warning is a must

15 September, 2017

If you need to issue a written warning to an employee about their performance, here’s what you need to consider.

Sometimes an employer considers it appropriate to issue a formal warning about an employee’s poor performance, and how each case is approached will depend on the circumstances.

A written warning usually forms part of a broader performance management process.

When drafting a written warning it is important it specifies the performance issue(s) which are of concern, that were raised with the employee in the disciplinary meeting. It should also include the employee’s response to the issues raised and the employer’s consideration of the response.   

The warning should outline a reasonable timeframe for the employee to improve their performance, and what the expected performance standard is.

The letter can also include the steps the business has taken to support the employee.

The employee should also be notified that if their performance doesn’t improve, their employment is at risk of termination. 

If performance doesn’t improve and ultimately the employment is terminated then, it is important to keep in mind that written warnings will form the basis of documentary evidence that a fair process was followed. This is critical should an unfair dismissal claim, or other claim type, arise post-employment

►Have a question about performance management? Contact CCI’s Workplace Consulting Team today on 9365 7500 or check out our ‘Managing the Poor Performer’ course.