Requirements for Written Warnings

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about time between written warnings:

What amount of time must pass between written warnings?

Signed, Researching

Dear Researching:

Unless there is a contract requiring certain actions about discipline, there is no required amount of time between written warnings. It depends upon the offense being warned about and the personnel rules of the organization. Someone could receive a written warning in the morning and another one in the afternoon, if he or she violated two rules or if the same rule was violated twice and the manager decided to give a written warning for both of those things. Some organizations use a progressive discipline approach, where repeated violations of the same policy or rule results first in a verbal warning, then a written warning, loss of time off, loss of money, then dismissal. These could happen within a short amount of time or be spread out over days, weeks or months. Or, the organization could decide that any of the occasions are so severe as to require dismissal. So, that is the long answer to your question: There is no required amount of time, unless your particular organization has developed their own requirement. Best wishes in your work.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.