Preparing for a disciplinary
If you have been asked to go to a disciplinary hearing, there are a few things you should do beforehand to make sure you are as well prepared for it as you can be.
Has your employer followed a disciplinary procedure?
Every employer should have a disciplinary procedure in place, make sure they are following it. If they aren’t, this could mean any allegations they are making against you might be unfair.
What is the reasoning behind you being asked to attend a disciplinary hearing?
In most cases there are three reasons why you have been asked to attend, namely:
Issues with your conduct. This means something you’ve done or not done.
Issues with your capability. This means your employer thinks you are not doing your job well enough.
You have been on long-term sick leave.
In all three cases make sure you are aware of the exact allegations that have been raised against you by your employer.
Have you had enough time to consider your employer’s evidence and prepare your case?
If you have not had enough time to consider your employer’s evidence and prepare your case, you should ask for more time. This should be a reasonable length of time. The meeting should be postponed until then.
Have you prepared a note or statement of what you are going to say?
Being unprepared in a Disciplinary Hearing is probably the worst thing you could do. In most cases you can be rest assured your employers will arrive well, so being equally or if not more prepared than them will go a long way in helping your case.
Is someone coming with you to the hearing?
You should think about whether you want someone to come with you to the meeting. Your employer must let you be accompanied by a colleague or a trade union rep. They do not have to agree to anyone else coming with you.
Once you have found someone to come with you, make sure they know your version of events and what you want them to do for you at the meeting.
Do you have evidence to support your case?
When you have considered all the issues above, think about what evidence you have to support your case. This could be a number of things such as emails backing up your case, past experiences where other employees have done the same thing and not been called up to attend etc.
For many employees attending a disciplinary hearing can be a daunting experience, making sure you have covered all your bases and going in prepared Is one sure fire way of knowing that whatever the outcome may be you have done your best to plead your case. If the outcome is not as you desired there is always the next step of appealing against it.