Personnel Policies and Practices FAQ

What is progressive discipline?

Progressive discipline is a broad term, referring to any employee discipline system that provides a graduated range of responses (often referred to as steps) to employee performance or misconduct problems. The intent of progressive discipline is to allow the "punishment" to fit the "crime" by providing disciplinary measures that are appropriate and proportionate to the employee's problem. Many companies use progressive discipline, although some call it by a different name, such as performance improvement plans or corrective action procedures. For more information on what progressive discipline is and how it can help your company handle employee problems, see Nolo's article What Is Progressive Discipline for Employees?

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