1 day

Intended for:
Suitable for anyone that is required to deal with disciplinary procedures at work.

Discipline in the workplace has a pivotal role to play in any organisation. Used correctly and fairly, where appropriate, discipline can ensure that employers, customers, suppliers and employees are protected from any misconduct that may occur within the workplace.
The key elements are as follows:

ACAS Code of Practice & Setting and Maintaining Standards – Statutory requirements relating to discipline within the workplace. What constitutes reasonable behaviour along with the importance of setting and maintaining standards. Looking at the difference between Capability and Culpability

Informal or Formal Approach? – Discussing unsatisfactory behaviour with the employee concerned. Deciding on the best approach with the overriding aim of taking corrective, early action

Informal Approach – Minor misconduct can usually be dealt with informally, the materials will look at counselling: definition, usage and stages to use.

Formal Approach – Corrective/Formal areas of the process. When it is considered that an employee’s conduct may have breached a rule or standard. The materials look at what constitutes ‘Equity’ and the ‘5 Principles of Justice’ incorporating:

Fact Finding Investigation – To enable a more informed and balanced decision making process

Preparing for Interview – Practical and interpersonal issues to consider before, during and after a disciplinary interview

Note Taking – During an interview to ensure objective, factual record of the proceedings and statements, including their legal implications

Conclusion Notes – The written explanation of the decision; why that particular decision was reached, considerations, options and the rationale for course of action

Appeal Process – Ensuring fairness within a disciplinary procedure where the result could be; revoking the decision, confirming the decision, or reducing the penalty

Bringing it all together – Exercise that reviews the key aspects of the end to end process

Review of Session – Creating an action plan to embed learning.

At this end of this Discipline in the Workplace training course participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the key principles of the ACAS Code of Practice for Discipline
  • Distinguish the importance of setting and maintaining standards
  • Explain when and why to use the informal and formal disciplinary processes
  • Identify the significance of preparing for disciplinary interviews, along with guidelines for note taking during the interview
  • Establish how to formulate your conclusion notes following the interview to ensure an equitable outcome
  • Recognise the employees rights to appeal process