HR Glossary / Disciplinary Action

A disciplinary action is a corrective or punitive measure officially taken in response to employee misconduct, rule or policy violation, or poor performance.


What Are the Types of Disciplinary Actions?

Disciplinary actions come in many forms ranging from soft to severe. The type of disciplinary action taken for a given situation depends on many factors, including seriousness, repetition, and impact. Types of disciplinary actions include:

  • Verbal warning;
  • Corrective action;
  • Written warning;
  • Disciplinary meeting with supervisors or HR professionals;
  • Performance improvement plan;
  • Temporary pay cut;
  • Loss of privileges;
  • Suspension (definite or indefinite);
  • Demotion;
  • Termination.

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