Verbal Warnings

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about warning time limit:

Does a verbal warning have a time limit?

Signed, How Long?

Dear How Long?:

There are many sites that speak to your question. One excellent article is titled Verbal Warnings by Sharon Anne Waldrop. She states that “The purpose of a verbal warning or verbal counseling is to give someone another chance.” And she suggests that the time limit should be consistent: “When someone is given a verbal warning, the meaning is that further occurrences may result in employment termination. This doesn’t necessarily mean that if it happens one more time the employment will end, but it can, depending on the seriousness of the incident and what you state in the warning.”

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