How Do I Give a Verbal Warning?

How Do I Give a Verbal Warning?

Issuing a verbal warning involves sharing details of a workplace problem with an employee and offering specific directives on how and when the behavior must change. Documenting the warning for personnel files is also common.

  1. Outline the problem

    Explain the concerning behavior to the employee. If a worker is constantly late, for instance, explain the details, and indicate what problems this causes.

  2. Offer directions on change

    Communicate the expectations clearly. Reference a policy manual or other guide when possible. Indicate what behaviors are expected, what resources are available and by what date the change is expected.

  3. Document the meeting

    In many organizations, it is common to document a verbal warning. A formal verbal warning is often a precursor to a more significant written warning.