How Specific Should Verbal Warnings Be?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about warning details:

Should verbal warnings be specific?

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Dear Specifically interested:

All warnings, reprimands or other correction–as well as compliments, commendations other forms of praise–should be as specific as possible, so the employee knows exactly what needs to be changed or what is being praised. At the time of the warning, it is best to also provide an example of what should be done instead of the problematic thing. In that way the employee isn’t left wondering if the next thing he or she does will result in a sanction as well. That is a component that is often missing in supervisory correction.

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