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101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems

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There is perhaps no more dreaded managerial task than communicating with an employee about a disciplinary problem. But when performance problems become apparent, you can’t just ignore them. You need to deal with them head-on.

Not sure of the best way to handle a particular situation? Turn to 101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems: A Guide to Progressive Discipline & Termination. Now completely revised and updated, this bestselling book has been the trusted resource for managers for more than a decade.

Expertly written, the guidebook covers dozens of problems likely to occur in the workplace, from substandard work quality, absenteeism, and poor attitude to sexual harassment, insubordination, and more.

Among the new write-ups found in this edition of the highly popular reference guide are how to deal with such problems as:

  • Politically incorrect behavior
  • Lack of leadership or trust
  • Failure to communicate upward and/or follow through
  • Lack of teamwork
  • Use of Internet pornography
  • Managerial misconduct and retaliation
  • Failure to disclose a conflict of interest or personal relationship
  • Violation of intellectual property rights

This completely updated edition also includes an appendix on SOX requirements and samples of how to deal with intermittent FMLA abuse.

Because writing someone up doesn’t always result in a correction of the problem at hand, readers will also find creative alternatives to formal disciplinary warnings that will help turn around those flying “just below the radar.” There are 18 sample termination letters included.

Also inside: advice for tying progressive discipline to annual performance reviews; ways to avoid drafting documentation that could later be used against your company; summary dismissals; and much more.

The book isn’t merely a reference, but a resource that managers can turn to any time they need to generate a corrective action notice. All 101 samples in the book are easily accessible for viewing via the CD-ROM attached to the back cover and can be downloaded and customized with minimal effort.

Simply put, you’ll no longer have to guess at what verbiage you should include in a write-up. This one-of-a-kind guide helps managers handle any scenario fairly, constructively, and—most important—legally.

About the Author  Paul Falcone is Vice President of Employee Relations at TimeWarner Cable in Los Angeles and was formerly Vice President of Human Resources at Nickelodeon. He is the author of 2600 Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews, 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees, 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire, The Hiring and Firing Question and Answer Book, and Productive Performance Appraisals. Falcone is also a longtime contributor to HR Magazine and a nationally recognized speaker on hiring and performance management.

Additional Info

Name 101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems
SKU 61.13507
Year published 2010
Page count 400
Publisher SHRM/Amacom
ISBN 9780814415467
Author Paul Falcone
Format No


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Must Have Review by Lisa
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Offers a great range of sample letters. You have to modify to suit each situation, of course, but these are excellent drafts to start with. The process and documentation guidelines are helpful as well. This has been my go-to guide for years and is the most-borrowed book in my office. (Posted on 12/14/2013)
Great to get you started Review by Sarah
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This is a great book to get you or your Managers started on documenting problems. It provides a great guide and wording to use and adjust according to each situation. (Posted on 5/31/2012)

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