Should Verbal Warnings Be Put In Writing?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about warning follow up:

Does a verbal warning need to be followed up with written confirmation and minutes of the meeting?

Signed, Doing It The Right Way

Dear Doing It The Right Way:

If your organization doesn’t have an established procedure, the one you described works well, with one change I would suggest. A verbal warning is the first step in a progressive series and lets the employee know the thing they did is a serious violation that must not happen again–and if it does, stronger disciplinary action will definitely be taken. The verbal warning goes past a casual request or brief counseling comment

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