Tip Tuesday: When Should a Manager Start Disciplining an Employee?
August 22, 2023

As a manager, it’s not always easy to tell when the right time is to start an employee on a performance improvement (PIP)/discipline plan. Here are five examples of when to start:

  1. A company policy or rule is violated
  2. When an employee’s conduct is disruptive to others in the office or job performance
  3. A pattern is emerging, such as excessive absenteeism, missing deadlines, various coworker complaints
  4. When abusive behavior towards other employees or customers is observed or reported
  5. When there is a pattern of behavior that does not meet the company’s expectations
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