acts and facts virtual workplace communication

Acts and Facts: A Workplace Communication Must

Over the many years whether working as a management employment lawyer, human resources executive or consultant I have read proposed disciplinary letters that include phrases such as “You are being given a verbal warning for unprofessional conduct;” or “your ongoing inappropriate behavior is unacceptable and if it happens again, you will be terminated,” among others. All come from a place of authenticity: the supervisors have observed conduct that is unacceptable in the specific workplace. However, something is missing: the underlying facts that led to those conclusions.

Maneuvering the Legal Minefields of Management

“Why bother holding my employees accountable, you can’t terminate them anyway.” That statement, or a variation on the theme, is repeated by numerous supervisors and managers, who labor under the false impression that “you can’t terminate employees.” Of course, supervisors can hold employees accountable and terminate them, when warranted. It’s not if, it’s how. An…