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Disciplining an employee is the start of what can be a long, costly and relationship damaging process with the potential to have that discipline reversed or lessened even if your facts are correct and you followed your process to the letter. Additionally, discipline does not always have a long term, or sometimes even a short-term effect. So, the question is what is the purpose of discipline in your organization? Is it punishment? Or is it for behavioral change? 

Would you like to stop the "shame and blame games" and perceptions of victimization resulting from discipline? If the answers are "yes" then this webinar is for you! 

By learning and using the techniques discussed in this webinar you will be able to empower employees in the best interests of their own future as well as for the organization. Additionally, should you have no other choice but to proceed with discipline these methods can help you to make a good case even better.

Is traditional discipline always the best choice? Does it always provide the best result? How productive is it for parties to expend resources in a grievance/appeals process or before a federal/state/local board or commission to make its case? And even if the facts are clearly on your side the discipline might still be mitigated or even reversed! Alternatively, are there better options and if so, what are they and how do they work? The answer is "yes" there are options and when used properly they can promote and enhance the empowerment of all parties. Can such options serve to de-escalate grievance/appeals procedures? Again, the answer is "yes" and this webinar will introduce several alternative approaches designed to evolve your disciplinary process from punishment into empowerment and accountability.

Why you should Attend

  • Realizing empowerment is a more useful/productive tool instead of traditional discipline (which all too often makes a situation worse, resulting in a damaged relationship).
  • Understanding the concept and relationship between employee empowerment and performance.
  • How to raise an employee’s performance awareness and accountability.
  • The use of techniques/strategies for communicating non-disciplinary clear expectations/outcomes.
  • How emphasizing employee empowerment can reduce friction/conflict between managers and employees (and their representatives).
  • How employers can build a culture of mentoring employee success by treating employees as adults.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • Documenting the Empowerment Agreement (with and without a Collective Bargaining Agreement)
  • Rights of the parties.
  • Avoiding setting a precedent or establishing a past practice
  • Empowerment Process.
  • Exemption from the grievance/appeals process.
  • Final and binding nature of the understanding.
  • Following up = Following through.
  • Elements and application of:
  • Limbo (or "Cryogenic Stasis") Agreements
  • Mirroring for discipline or bidding
  • 90-60-45-30 Performance Improvement Program
  • Conditional Discharge
  • LCAs (Last Chance Agreements
  • Pre-bid award conference for mandated seniority-based position.
  • The Left-handed compliment

Who Will Benefit

  • All level Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Human Resources
  • Employee Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Attorney's and Union Officers/Representatives/Stewards
  • All levels of Law Enforcement or Security staff.  

Speaker Profile

Bob Oberstein is uniquely qualified with over 50 years of Labor Relations experience on both sides of the table in both the private and public sectors where he conducted countless investigations. Bob was also the Director of the Labor Management Relations program at Ottawa University, Phoenix where he also served as Ombudsman for all student, faculty and staff complaints which often involved conducting internal investigations. Bob has several published articles to his credit in addition to his arbitration awards and has also been recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Additionally, Bob served on several boards, commissions, and panels where he participated in resolving or adjudicating all manner of workplace issues in a variety of industries. In all these capacities as well as being both mediator and arbitrator Bob often reviewed investigations to determine if they had been properly performed and had merit.

Additionally, he has qualified as an MD-110 investigator for Title VII and other discrimination related charges as well as being a “Lifetime Certificate Holder” of the Association of Workplace Investigators. Moreover, Bob earned a Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law from Tulane University's School of Law.

Bob continues to serve the labor management community as well as other groups as an Arbitrator, Mediator, Facilitator, Investigator, Trainer and Educator. Further details about Bob’s unique qualifications can be found on his LinkedIn profile at Linkedin.com/in/boberstein.