When an employee misbehaves in some way, you might sometimes need to bring them back onto the right track, or in extreme cases remove them from your employment. The disciplinary process is the correct way to deal with these issues. But however justified you are in taking action, getting it wrong can land you in some very messy – and expensive – trouble.
The worst part is that even when you KNOW you’re right, defending yourself in Tribunal can be seriously expensive, even if you win! So your job is not just to make a fair decision, but to make the employee feel the decision was fair. Not quite the same thing.
So here’s the top 5 things you absolutely must stick to, as part of a fair process that also keeps you out of tribunal.