Tips on how to prepare for a disciplinary hearing at work

If you have been called for a disciplinary at work it can be an enormously worrying time and no doubt you will be feeling a lot of stress. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your disciplinary hearing;

  1. If you have been suspended you need to be aware this could be particularly ominous. Suspension should not be done lightly and normally is only activated where the conduct could be construed as ‘gross misconduct’. Gross misconduct is conduct that could warrant instant dismissal with no previous warning(s) being issued and no notice pay paid. Suspension has also been recently deemed in an employment tribunal case as not always a ‘neutral’ act, so employers should not suspending employees without serious consideration. Suspension prior to a disciplinary hearing should always be on full pay.


  1. From your perspective think about the role of the person hearing the disciplinary and making the decision about your ongoing employment. What do they want to hear? Remember their main task is to be fair and objective and weigh the case up in a balanced way. Any chairman of a disciplinary is tasked with determining;
    1. The depth and fairness of the investigation and supporting evidence.
    2. The maliciousness and intent of any behaviour.
    3. The representations of the employee compared to the company’s case.


  1. Preparation is key.
    1. Review all evidence and supporting statements provided to you and make notes on the parts that need corrected, have been fabricated or need context to justify your reactions to any incident.
    2. Write down all the points you want to make.
    3. Consider if you need to give any context; for example managers and colleagues behaviour that led up to you losing your temper.
    4. Your services and any unblemished record
    5. Good conduct and or client praise.

If you don’t feel your investigation has been fair or your disciplinary was flawed there is something you can do. You can download the HR Solver app today and get our expert advice and support by activating a chat with our HR Gurus, who will help you fight any unjust action against you. We can help you with the next steps and with making your points to your employer in any appeal or disciplinary hearing.