I interviewed Jed Little. He owns Elite Construction and manages all the employees there.
1. How many disciplinary write-ups can an employee receive before they are dismissed?
– one verbal warning, then one written. Then they are terminated after that.
2. Are verbal warnings given? If so, how are they recorded and how long are they kept?
– Yes verbal warnings are given, but not recorded.
3. When terminating or disciplining an employee, do you have to include personnel from HR?
– Yes, every time. Not with verbal warning, those are usually more informal that I do in my office.
4. During verbal or written warnings, is it made clear that the employee’s job is in jeopardy?
– Yes, it is made clear that this is their last chance after one written warning.
5. Do employees have the opportunity to respond to allegations and if so, is it a verbal or written response?
– Yes. If they write it down, it is kept and documented. Otherwise if they are just explaining themselves verbally, then it is not usually written up, but it depends on the situation.
6. How comfortable are you with disciplining or firing employees? If you are uncomfortable, how do you manage doing it?
– I guess I would say I am fairly comfortable with it, but one time they guy who hired me I had to fire. I had HR and CFO and president in room with me.
7. What rules and regulations exist to protect employees from being wrongfully terminated?
– HR rep and state laws- although, there is not much protection in Utah.
8. How frequently is someone actually fired rather than just disciplined?
– Ive only terminated a few- but verbal warnings were 10X that.
9. How do you go about firing an employee while attempting to remain on good terms?
– I would try to help them transition out, the company gives severance and a support system and I offer a letter of recommendation for them to find a new job.
10. Who is present from the company when an employee is getting officially fired? How does that meeting typically play out?
-Usually just me and HR rep and the employee, you don’t want a lot of people in the room, the employee is already embarrassed, but don’t wanna be alone for a risk of “he said she said”. Usually a 10 min conversation.
It was interesting to interview someone about hiring and the discipline process. As an employee, its nice to learn about the management side of things and how different it can be. These interviews have been very helpful to learn about management.