We’re all familiar with the sad-but-sometimes-necessary sentence: “Failure to demonstrate immediate improvement may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.”
It’s how managers lay out the negative consequences for employees whose behavior or performance is lacking. But when problems must be discussed, you can also paint a brighter picture: of positive consequences that will result if the person does improve.
Here are some examples of what you could say:
- By correcting your attendance problems, you will help our department meet its production goals and build everyone’s morale.
- By meeting project deadlines, you will gain a sense of accomplishment and professional satisfaction.
- By refraining from harmful gossip, you will improve your relationships with co-workers and foster warmer interactions at work.
Source: “101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems,” by Paul Falcone.
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