Managing employee performance or misconduct issues are some of the hardest and most stressful aspects of HR. It is vitally important that you protect your business by following the due process. At the same time, it is also essential to take action early and consistently to prevent employee behavioural issues becoming chronic problems that are harder to address because they have been going on for too long.


Some common employee performance and misconduct issues include:

  • Ongoing absenteeism
  • Lateness
  • Using inappropriate language
  • Disruptive behaviour
  • Internet misuse
  • Unacceptable job performance as defined by the role
  • Failing to follow reasonable instructions
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Verbal (or written) abuse
  • Emotional, psychological or physical violence or abuse
  • Aggression
  • Negligence
  • Theft or fraud

All negative behaviours contribute to workplace discord and productivity. The more serious examples of misconduct can also lead to serious harm inflicted on other employees and significant legal exposure to your business.


We can help you:

  1. Develop a set of guidelines, policy manuals and a code of conduct for your business
  2. Support you in your communications and disciplinary procedures with your employees
  3. Ensure your business follows due process when dismissing an employee to avoid the risk of an unfair dismissal claim

For practical, professional advice on recruitment call 1300 872 566 or email: info@hroncall.com.au and we’ll call you back.


By the time an employee’s continued poor performance, misconduct or lack of attendance become serious issues, a lot of time and missed opportunities have usually passed. It is important to set up systems and procedures that empower you to take the appropriate steps quickly.

Some of the more common mistakes that employers make include:

  • Failing to document and communicate behavioural expectations clearly and enforce them consistently
  • Allowing a culture of disrespect, irresponsibility and lack of professionalism to develop within the organisation
  • Avoiding the hard conversations and decisions and hoping things will naturally change over time


If you are not sure what to do, the best course of action is to get advice from a professional.


HR on Call is here to help. We work with small and medium-sized businesses that need simple, practical solutions and support.

Get in touch for a free, no-obligation chat.

For the right people for your business call 1300 872 566 or email: info@hroncall.com.au and we’ll call you back.