Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about warnings sequence:
Do you need a verbal warning before a written warning?
Signed, What Comes First?
Dear What Comes First?:
The rule of thumb for warnings is a three-step process: oral verbal, written, and final discipline or firing. The theory is that each step is to be understood as more serious. However, some offenses are so serious, such as fighting and theft that there is immediate disciplinary action. Debating what should come first is not as important as seeing a warning as an opportunity to learn what is unacceptable in your workplace, and to see it as a time to get clear on what are the dos and don’ts.