Employee Disciplinary Procedures

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Employee Disciplinary Procedures

Employee Disciplinary Procedures – Every business needs to have managers who can handle disciplinary issues in the workplace effectively.

The law requires employers to act reasonably in their discipline of employees and in dealing with grievances. Poorly handled processes can lead to unnecessary and costly Employment Tribunals.

Having adequate and complaint procedures in place can encourage people to observe the rules and maintain workplace standards.

If staff problems are settled early they become less time-consuming, are less likely to damage working relationships, therefore improving staff motivation and productivity.

Ensuring your people know what is expected of them and the rules within which they operate is key to getting the best results from your employees.

Successful businesses know that Employee Disciplinary Procedures are an aid to active management, enabling them to resolve issues quickly and cheaply rather than being used merely as a mechanism for imposing sanctions.

Achieving this focus and helping others in the workplace understand this perspective is very important.

It requires managers to have an excellent working knowledge of discipline and grievance procedures which is essential if potentially disruptive issues are to be resolved in the workplace rather than spilling over into a potentially costly employment tribunal.

Strategic Axis created the Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance, and our training is based on our in-depth knowledge of how the code can be most effectively used in the workplace.

Strategic Axis training represents the perfect opportunity for you or your managers to develop skills and confidence in handling disciplinary and grievance issues and helps ensure that your business has adequate procedures in place.

With case studies and practical exercises, this event will provide delegates with techniques in the handling of disciplinary and grievance meetings, and an in-depth understanding of the legal background which underpins the tribunal process, including the industry, recognized Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance.

This training is approved for HRCI recertification credits.

You might be interested in another HR Programs as a next step.

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  • COURSE TYPE Practitioner
  • DURATION 2 days
  • COURSE ACCREDITED BY Local Certificate


Our training in this area is designed to provide you with the following:

*a clearer understanding of what discipline and grievance mean and what procedures should look.

*increased knowledge of the law surrounding the handling of Discipline and Grievance in the workplace.

*skills and understanding of how to introduce systems and make them easy to understand.

*examples of how to operate a process, including the right to be accompanied.

*increased confidence that you are following the steps laid out in the Code of Practice.



At the end of the course, there will be a multiple-choice exam of straight-forward questions based upon the content covered during the session.

A pass mark of 50%, in addition to a perfect attendance record and active participation during the course sessions, is required to be awarded the Certificate of Completion from Strategic Axis.

This course is also approved for HRCI recertification credits.



Module 1: Introduction to disciplinary

The Code of disciplinary and grievance procedures; how to use it

Resolving issues informally and when formal action is necessary

The setting of clear rules and how to communicate them

The importance of record keeping

Holding a disciplinary or grievance meeting – and how to conduct it

Deciding when an internal investigation is necessary and what it should consist of

Taking appropriate action and the proper use of penalties and sanctions

Dealing with appeals

Module 2: Managing extreme persistent and difficult workplace behaviors

Understanding extreme difficult behavior (EDB)

Understanding how staff develop into an EDB

Identifying the “Predator from the Prey”

Awareness of difficult personality types

Dealing with stress and its effect on performance

Sexual harassment

Module 3: Conducting Investigations

The legal background and burdens of proof

Purpose and stages of disciplinary procedures

The responsibilities of the employer

The rights of the employee

The steps of an investigation

Listening and questioning techniques

The role of suspension

Case for dismissal

Writing the report and presenting findings

Module 4: Absence Management and Return to Work Interviews

Absenteeism – what it is and what causes it

How to identify patterns of short-term absence

The benefits of absence policy and early intervention

Essential skills; consistency, communication, and fairness

Statement of Fitness for Work (the fit note)

The legal landscape; maternity, disability discrimination, and reasonable adjustments

Return to work interviews; how to plan, prepare and conduct the interview and agree on further action

Short-term sickness absence trigger points

How to manage long-term absence

Recognising potential stress and mental health issues

Discipline and dismissal

Module 5: Behaviors at work - understanding the unacceptable

Understanding what constitutes inappropriate workplace behaviors

Current legislation in this area

Definitions of inappropriate behaviors, in particular, bullying and harassment.

Recognising the effects of bullying and harassment on staff and the organization

What victims can do when subjected to bullying and harassment.

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