The ground rules are categorized into the following areas:

•   The Need for a Process

•   The Manager’s Rule of Thumb: A.C.T.

•   Equal Treatment

•   Communication of Disciplinary Rules

•   Open-Flame Analogy

•   Rule of Relevance

•   Right of Appeal

Some areas provide you with a set of behavioral rules to follow, while others inform you of rules that should be adopted as part of your organization’s employment policy and philosophy.

The Need for a Process

As I have mentioned earlier in this guidebook, you must have a process in place if you are to act consistently on discipline-related performance problems. This is one of the most fundamental ground rules of administering discipline. Another basic rule: Make sure anyone ...

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