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Course/Product Description

Disciplining and Terminating Employees: How to Reduce the Damage

Format: Online Training Course

Discipline that is too little or too late permits the worst employees to set the standard for workplace conduct and undermine the productivity of everyone. On the other hand, discipline that is too rash contributes to employee distrust and morale problems that can damage productivity, attendance, and employee commitment.

This course provides suggestions on how to effectively discipline or terminate an employee with minimal legal risks to the organization and minor damages to employee confidence and performance.

Target Audience
Managers/Supervisors/Risk Management & HR Professionals

Time to Complete
75 minutes

To help managers and supervisors understand how to impose effective discipline and manage employee termination.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Summarize the procedure for establishing general disciplinary guidelines
  • Define progressive discipline and outline its five stages
  • Identify the components of a discipline memo
  • Explain the proper course of action for arranging and conducting a meeting regarding discipline or termination; and
  • Cite the purposes of exit interviews and describe the proper manner with which they should proceed.
Topics Covered

1. Establishing a Discipline Policy
  • General Guidelines
  • Progressive Discipline
2. Documenting Employee Behavior
  • Discipline Memo
  • Termination Document
3. Imposing Discipline
  • Before the Disciplinary Meeting
  • During the Disciplinary Meeting
  • After the Disciplinary Meeting
4. Conducting Exit Interviews
  • Purpose
  • Format
  • Process
Forms Included
  • Discipline and Termination Preparation Checklist
  • Discipline Without Punishment Implementation Program
  • Exit Interview Form
  • Exit Interview - Internal Policy
  • Exit Interview Questionnaire
  • Progressive Discipline Employee Record Form
  • Sample Employee Warning/Probationary Notice
  • Sample Job Abandonment Letter
  • Sample Letter of Resignation
  • Sample Questions for Exit Interviews
  • Sample Progressive Discipline Policy
  • Sample Termination Letter (Layoff)
  • Sample Termination Letter for At-Will Employees
  • Sample Termination Letter for Employees with Contracts
  • Supervisor’s and Manager’s Checklist for Employee Separation
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HR Certification Institute

This program has been approved for 1.25 recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at

(The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of this program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.)

The State Bar of Georgia

The State Bar of Georgia has accredited this course for 1.50 hours of Regular CLE credits. For more information about CLE credits, visit The State Bar of Georgia homepage at

Licenses / Designations / Educational Credits:HRCI
All US States: 1.25

All US States: 1.25
About The Provider: Founded in 1997 by a group of risk management, insurance, and human resources professionals, The Human Equation offers knowledge, training, coaching, and research support on human resources and risk management in both traditional and web-based environments.

Our high-quality e-Learning materials deliver real-world and cost-effective instruction that result in improved employee productivity and reduced employer risk.

The Human Equation's mission is to significantly improve business performance for organizations of all sizes by promoting a fundamental awareness of, and learning solutions for, operational and employment risks.

The Human Equation's products and services portfolio includes a variety of learning solutions that include web-based training courses, labor consulting and coaching helplines, a research repository of news, forms, documents and policies, and an Employee Report Line that manages employee grievances.

Each of our courses are legally reviewed, certified by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) for excellence in instruction and design, and accredited by The Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) for re-certification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification.
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