Are Disciplinary Write-Ups Really Effective?

Something happened recently that really made me evaluate my values as a leader and how I view the relationship between job performance and disciplinary action.  While I believe there are cases where disciplinary action is necessary (e.g. stealing, violence, etc.), I question the validity of using disciplinary write-ups as a way to address poor job performance.  In fact, it reminds me of being back in second grade where teachers used to give you demerits for talking while they’re talking or not raising your hand before calling out the answer.

So do write-ups actually improve job performance?  Maybe temporarily because employees fear they
will lose their job, but are the effects long-term?  Continue reading