Ooops! I Got a Warning!

So you’ve been issued a warning.  What do you do?  You’re embarrassed that you’ve been formally reprimanded and you’re scared that your manager is trying to get rid of you.  What happens next?  Here are some tips that will help you deal with this difficult situation:

Pay attention.  If your employer has gone to the trouble of issuing you a warning, then they mean business.  They are either cracking down on a particular type of behaviour or they are cracking down on you.  Take the warning seriously.  If you continue doing what you’re doing, you could be out of a job.

Know that your fate is in your hands.  Just because you received a warning doesn’t mean that your employer wants to fire you and even if a particular manager does want to let you go, you can stop them in their tracks by halting the behaviour.

Consider it as a learning experience.  If a certain aspect of your behaviour has caused your employer to issue you a warning, then there is a good chance that it is also impacting other areas of your life.  Take the opportunity to learn from the feedback and to make necessary adjustments in the way that you act.

It is never good to receive an official warning, but it’s not the end of the world.  Correct the behaviour but don’t stop there.  Work harder, stay later and strive to exceed your employer’s expectations of you.  Before long your manager will see that even though you made a mistake you are still a valuable employee.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)

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