Methods of discipline for bad employees include verbal warnings, written warnings, suspension, or termination. The adage saying “let the punishment match the crime," is good workplace advice. Most employees believe it is fair and equitable to give them a chance to improve.
In reality, whether to offer opportunity to improve work performance, or to be terminated is at the discretion of the employer. If, as an employer, you have published a handbook that outlines your company’s disciplinary policies, then such policies likely become legally binding requirements.
Some common reasons for instant termination include workplace theft, drinking or using drugs on the job, rudeness to customers, and serious safety violations. Management employees are often terminated for etiquette violations including vulgar language, workplace gossip, excessive personal phone calls, and poor personal hygiene.