Managing employee performance and conduct
As an employer, you’ll need to handle any issues in employee performance that may arise, as well as any breaches in conduct.
Because of this, it’s beneficial to have policies or guidelines in place, such as a code of conduct for employees, to ensure everyone on your team understands their rights and obligations. It can also be useful to create procedures to handle breaches in conduct or problems concerning performance, and HR responses to these issues.
When building company policies or managing performance and conduct, employers should aim to:
Correct and improve an employee’s standard of conduct when it’s appropriate or if there has been a breach. This can include any breaches to your company’s code of conduct, as well as any actions an employee may have done that could damage your organisation’s reputation or legal obligations.
Provide employees with the opportunity to correct any issues in conduct. You might choose to provide them with a warning, or work with them on a plan to change or manage behaviour. Bear in mind this might not apply if there have been any serious breaches in conduct that end in dismissal.
Treat all employees fairly, equally and consistently. Employees should feel supported in the workplace, and be presented with equal opportunities regardless of gender, race, or other personal performances. Your employees should also not feel discriminated against at work, whether by other employees or by managers.
Review each situation on an individual basis based on the specific circumstances. Every employee is different, and as an employer it’s important to handle any situation or breaches in conduct individually with your staff.