How to tackle poor job performance – and bring down legal costs10 steps to managing employee performance problems through progressive disciplineBy Peter Israel02/10/2003|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2003 HR managers spend a great deal of time and energy struggling with underperforming employees. And supervisors find talking with staff about poor performance one of the most difficult and unpleasant aspects of the job. A performance management program can make the process more palatable for everyone. It’s a tool employers can use for discipline and corrective action, both to protect the organization from liability and to ensure an effective workforce.One of the crucial elements of this approach is a system of progressive discipline which gives employees verbal and written warnings detailing consequences of continued performance problems. Here are 10 steps to managing employee performance problems: To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.