About this course

Progressive discipline is a formal process for coaching and improving poor performance. Having a progressive discipline policy and procedure in your organization will help employees understand what will happen if expectations are not met. The purpose is to act early before the poor behaviour, attitude or performance becomes a habit. Your employees will feel protected because if they make a mistake, they have the opportunity to correct this behaviour instead of being terminated. The process can improve communication between managers and employees, as well as achieve higher productivity from their employees. When progressive discipline is done correctly, it can save the company a lot of money by reducing legal fees, hiring and training costs, and costs associated with notice pay and/or severance pay.

By the end of this course you will be able to learn what progressive discipline is, the benefits to using progressive discipline for both employee and employer, when to use progressive discipline, the five steps to progressive discipline; coaching, verbal warning, written warning, final written warning with possible suspension and termination and how to reduce the risk of being sued for wrongful termination.

1 hour on-demand video
Certificate of completion
Intermediate level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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Section 1.
Progressive Discipline
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I am am enthusiastic Human Resources Professional with extensive background in Recruitment and Selection, Employee Relations, Benefits, Payroll, Occupational Health and Safety, Employee Engagement and Employment Standards Act. My past work experience has involved me working in the Healthcare industry and building the company’s Human Resources Department from the ground up. Through my experiences I have become proficient in analyzing and resolving customer concerns using recognized procedures. Through my generalist HR background, i have become well-versed in providing great HR advice, answering employment law questions including terminations, layoffs, leave of absences, writing and implementing employee handbooks, employment letters, termination letters, and more. I am an excellent communicator with a strong work ethic, dedicated to building and strengthening relationships with clients, colleagues.