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Disciplinary procedures are a key part of running any business successfully. You should be able to deal with any issues and problems with staff quickly and effectively.
But if you’ve just started your business, how do you handle disciplinary issues? This guide aims to help.
Your options when dealing with problems with staff can extend to a number of different actions. These are intended to inform staff of any wrongdoing and provide a solution to prevent such issues from happening again.
Disciplinary actions can include:
It’s important that you understand the way in which your disciplinary process should function, what actions relate to different levels of misconduct, and what response is appropriate.
You should decide, as a business, what constitutes gross misconduct and grounds for immediate dismissal. It’s wise to look at how your business operates, what problems might arise, and how your disciplinary procedures can help you to overcome them.
For example, a staff member violates your health and safety procedure.
Initially, this could simply be pointing out the issue or providing additional training to ensure it doesn’t continue.
Beyond that, the disciplinary procedure should involve issuing a verbal warning, followed by a written warning. If this stops the violation occurring, then the procedure should end. If issues continue, however, you should hold a disciplinary hearing. Here, a decision should be made about what steps you should next take, such as deciding to dismiss the employee.
Your disciplinary procedure should be set out in writing, with all members of staff aware of the process. Highlighting this procedure should also be a component of staff induction.
Any instance of disciplinary action being taken against an employee should be documented. This is so you know how far through proceedings an employee is, but also to keep a record of when to follow up on any issues.
For example, checking performance over a period of time or assessing if a situation, which was problematic for your business, has improved.
It is also important that any disciplinary action is recorded and a copy of this record is provided for the employee. This protects you as a business, as you have adhered to the procedure, which prevents a stronger case being brought against you. For example, an appeal of a disciplinary action results in you being summoned to an employment tribunal.
When you set up your own business, a disciplinary procedure is one of several elements you should have in place.
FSB Business Creation provides people looking to start their own businesses with a range of services, designed to help and support new start-ups. This includes a dedicated help and advice line, which can help in formulating and putting together your disciplinary procedure.
These services also include access to:
To find out more about how FSB Business Creation could help you when setting up your own business, get in touch with a member of the team or visit our FSB Start-up Business Advice page.
Got a question you can't answer? Our Start-up Business Advice line agents will answer a whole range of business questions through our dedicated, unlimited use helpline.