When to Fire Employees on the Spot
We have all been told to document performance issues with a verbal warning, written warning and then a final written warning.
There are cases when an employee should be fired on the spot. Here are some of the reasons:
Fighting, assault, threatening or stalking others
Theft from anyone regardless of the amount involved
Refusing a direct work order – insubordination
Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Willful destruction of company property
Falsification of records
Egregious misconduct at work e.g. drawing racist graffiti, or visiting pornographic websites at work
Why? Aside from just being outraged, there may be liability risks. Make sure if you have a policy for progressive discipline in your manual, it states it is just for guidance and the employer retains the right to skip straight to termination at any time to help protect yourself from unfair treatment or discrimination charges.