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    Punishment in Business English

    Hi,

    if an employee violates the rules in the company she/he works for she/he can be laid off (for example). Do we say in this case that she/he was punished or is it a better word for it?

    Best regards
    Leszek

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    Re: Punishment in Business English

    Hi. As a Brit and mentor, but not a teacher, I would advise as follows:

    If someone violates Company Policy, they would, following a review of the case and circumstances, be subject to possible disciplinary action, as laid down in the Policy, which could, in the ultimate situation, include dismissal.

    Criminals are punished (as are children for being naughty at school). Adults are subject to discipline, by their Company, in the work context.

    Hope this helps.
    NT


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    Re: Punishment in Business English

    Hi,

    Neillythere - thank you for your reply. Yes, it helps

    Best regards
    Leszek

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    Re: Punishment in Business English

    There sometimes is a Reprimand Report or Incident Report or Discipline Report placed in the employee's file.

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    Re: Punishment in Business English

    Yes.

    Following on from what susiedqq says:

    The norm that I have seen is:

    First a verbal warning, followed, on a second occasion, by
    a written warning, filed in that person's HR (Human Resources) "personnel file"
    followed by dismissal for a subsequent "offence", on the basis of "frequent violation of the Company's standards of conduct".

    If the "offence" is serious enough (including blatent disrespect for certain countries' religious or propriety standards), it could lead to instant dismissal, without warning.

    Hope this helps
    NT
    Last edited by Neillythere; 04-May-2008 at 17:03. Reason: typo


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    Re: Punishment in Business English

    Hi,

    Neillythere, susiedqq - thanks a lot for all the additional informations you have provided

    Best regards
    Leszek

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    #7

    Re: Punishment in Business English

    Quote Originally Posted by LeszekN View Post
    Hi,

    Neillythere, susiedqq - thanks a lot for all the additional information you have provided

    Best regards
    Leszek
    The word information is normally a noncount noun.


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    Re: Punishment in Business English

    Hi,

    RonBee - you are right. I wasn't concentrated enough. In Polish it is countable

    Best regards
    Leszek

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