How to Go Through a Written Warning

You might get upset or demoralized after you have been served a written warning. For someone who is trying to prove his importance in the company, it may not be that easy to accept however, one of its purpose is to give you a push to further improve your performance. If you are guilty or have been a part of a certain mistake, mischief or negligence, you should be expecting that it will be served to you.

Written warning is part of a PMP (Performance Management Plan) that every company implements to improve the output, metrics and professionalism of its employees. This is being given to those who are having issues or breaches with the company rules and regulations including poor performance at work. If you've got one and you want to go through it, here are the steps that will help you.

Be calm

Signing on a written warning is hard to swallow especially if it is your first time. Having a warning doesn't necessarily mean that you are an incompetent person which is why you don't need to react badly. If you've been caught on doing a violation, you need to accept the consequences and learn from it. Breathe and try to understand why it you are on this situation. Ask your supervisor if there is something that is not clear to you. Remember that the main purpose of warnings is to serve as a reminder or a platform for improvement and not as a threat or punishment.

Know the reason

Determine the root cause or the obvious reason why you have been placed under a Performance Management Plan. Your supervisor will explain the details to you and you have to remember the points that are being explained to you. It could be because of your tardiness, absences, poor quality, insufficient output or a house rule violation such as use of mobile phones in restricted areas.

Avoid the same mistakes

Written warnings have different levels and each has a corresponding period of effectiveness. If you committed the same grounds while you have an active warning, your PMP will escalate to the next level and this could lead to termination. Check on how the escalation process goes with your direct supervisor or the human resources department.

Move forward

If you have received a written warning because of your performance, research on how you can improve it. Study and train yourself about different processes depending on the type of your job. Ask for tips of your colleagues or you can work it out with your manager. Set a goal and when you are at the highest point, be consistent.

Always remember that PMPs won't be implemented by companies if it is doesn't guarantee improvement. It may sound negative that you have received a written warning and it could be worse if someone else finds out. This humiliating feeling will turn into something good once you have learned from your mistakes and you have pushed your better self out.

Jensen Carlyle writes for Arden Coaching, one of the leaders in the Executive Coaching field across the US. Follow this link for great information and resources from Arden Coaching. Discover how Arden Coaching can help you today.

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