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A counseling statement is a form of verbal or written counseling given to employees in the workforceTemplate:Where who have violated a company policy.[1] Counseling statements, the least severe form of disciplinary action, serve as warnings for violations.[2] Counseling statements generally include the exact violation while showing how one can prevent committing that violation in the future and improve employee performance.[2] Too many counseling statements in a job can eventually result in a suspension or termination of employment.[2]

Common reasons for counseling statements in the workforce: not finishing one's assignments/tasks, unexcused absences or tardies, loss of money (such as cashiers), insubordination. Different jobs have different ways of writing and announcing counseling statements.


  1. How to Start A Human Resources Consulting Business (from Your Kitchen Table). Severo Melendez. 2005. p. 89. ISBN 9-7809-7948-8719.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Arkansas Department of Career Education–Employee handbook


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