What Is An Employee Counseling Form
Counseling is a great first-line intervention for an employee who has had a workplace issue, or incident, but it can be a bit daunting planning a counseling session as an employer. Whether you are an employee counselor, or an employer conducting counseling with your employee, our employee counseling form can help ease the stress of the employee counseling process.
are a great tool to use to document the content of an employee counseling session, whether that is just between the manager and the employee, or if it involves another person such as a counselor, support person, or witness to an incident. These forms are designed to ensure that a verbal counseling session is recorded as having taken place and that the next steps and corrective plan are noted down in writing so there is a clear record of the employee counseling process.
Our form is available as a PDF download and can be filled out either during or immediately after an employee counseling session to document the actions and topics discussed. For more detailed instructions on how to use this form, just keep reading.
How To Use This Template For Employee Counseling Forms
So you’ve got an employee counseling session booked, what next? Just follow these simple steps to utilize our employee counseling form in your next counseling session.
Step 1. Fill in Employee Information
The first step is to fill in the employee’s information. This includes their name, job title, department, manager’s name, date of the workplace incident/issue, and the names of any others present at the counseling session for record-keeping purposes. Take the time to fill in this section carefully as it could be used as evidence down the line.
Step 2. Select the Reason for the Counseling Session
We have provided a few common reasons for an employee counseling session, but if none of these are applicable to the employee, feel free to add the reason under the “other” checkbox.
Step 3. Fill Out The Next Two Sections
The next two sections are for the bulk of your record of the counseling session. The description of the workplace issue should be specific, non-judgmental in tone, and factual in nature. Include specific dates and times as relevant. The second main section is the summary of the corrective plan of action. This could include specific actions to be taken to rectify the workplace issue, any disciplinary action, consequences for failing to comply with the corrective plan of action, or any other interventions to help the employee rectify this issue.
Step 4. Have the Employee Fill out their Statement
It’s important the employee feels heard during this process, so allow them the chance to make a statement and voice their point of view in the employee statement section. Having their response to the workplace issue and counseling session down in writing helps to capture a holistic view of the employer-employee relationship.
Step 5. Signatures and document storage
Once the rest of the sections are filled in, have the relevant parties sign the document in the space provided at the bottom of the form. If a witness is present, they can sign in the space provided, or this space could be filled in by a mediator, counselor, or another person present at the counseling session. Finally, make and distribute copies of the document to the manager/supervisor, employee, employer’s HR department, and anyone else involved in the employee counseling session. It’s important that this counseling form is stored securely, whether physically or digitally, as it contains sensitive and confidential information.
Employee Counseling Form Example (Sample)
Not sure of what sorts of things to include in this form? Just take a look at our example employee counseling form completed using this template. This is a (fictional!) counseling form completed for an employee struggling with tardiness. While your employee counseling form will likely look different as every workplace issue and employee is different, this sample form can give you an idea of what a finished employee counseling form may look like.
Who Can Use this Printable Employee Counseling Form (PDF)?
Our employee counseling form is designed to be used by both experienced employee counselors and employers who may be counseling an employee for the first time. Whatever your background, this form can help you to conduct your employee counseling session in a productive and structured way. Professionals who may find this form useful include:
- Workplace or employment counselors
- EAP counselors
- Managers or supervisors taking on a counseling role
- Workplace mediators or independent third parties
- Employment coaches or mentors.
This form is not targeted towards any industry in particular and is flexible enough to be used in a wide range of situations. The topics being addressed in the employee counseling session could range from tardiness and absence from work to inappropriate behavior or violation of workplace drug and alcohol policies. Whether it’s the first intervention with the employee or a follow-up session, this form can help.
Why Is This Form Useful For Counselors?
Counseling employees can be difficult and delicate enough as it is without having to worry about your record keeping and documentation. This template is designed to help structure the employee counseling session and has a variety of uses for employee counselors.
Ensure you’re making a corrective plan
Using this employee counseling form ensures that every time you counsel employees, you come out of the session with a clear plan for corrective action. This benefits both you and your employees, as they will have a good idea of how they can address the issues raised, and you will have a goal to measure against at follow-up sessions.
Give your employee a chance to respond
We have also included space for your employees to write their responses to the issues discussed. While your employee has the right to respond in writing, or refuse to sign the counseling form, we have included a space for their point of view right in the counseling form to give them the earliest opportunity to voice their feelings. Making your employees feel heard and understood while also conveying the corrective action you require of them can be a delicate balance, and by including this section- we hope you’ll find this process a little easier.
Benefits of Employee Counseling Form Templates
Standardize your Employee Counseling Process
Using the same counseling template for all your employee counseling sessions ensures you give all employees the same opportunity to be heard. Employee counseling can be delicate, particularly if you are not experienced in counseling as a manager or supervisor, and so having a set template for your employee counseling forms can give you peace of mind that you are treating your employees equally.
Improve your Organization Skills
Having a paper-trail recording of dates, times, meetings, incidents, and people involved is crucial for managing a workplace issue in a professional way. Our employee counseling form helps you keep all of this important information organized, and ensures it will be easily accessible when you need it.
Provide Evidence to Third-Parties
While we hope that workplace issues can be rectified so both employer and employee are satisfied, on occasion workplace issues may escalate to legal situations. In these situations, it’s important you have evidence of the employee counseling provided, which is where our employee counseling form can be a great tool to have.
Keep your Documentation Digital
Our employee counseling form can be filled out completely digitally using interactive text boxes. Keeping this form digital improves the security and accessibility of the document, and ensures copies aren’t left in places they shouldn’t be!
Structure your Session
Finally, this employee counseling form can help to guide the structure of the employee counseling session itself. By starting with the big picture reason for the counseling, then unpacking the incident, developing a corrective plan, and giving the employee time to respond, you have a preset structure for your session ready to go when you use this form.
Why Use Carepatron For Employee Counseling Form?
The main purpose of employee counseling forms is to make a record of a verbal counseling session. Without this record, there is no way to recall what was agreed upon in the session objectively, and the corrective action plan could be lost. As such, storing employee counseling forms securely and accessibly is crucial to the workflow of employee counseling. That’s where Carepatron can help! We offer HIPAA-compliant, digitally encrypted data storage for all your documents, including your employee counseling forms. Rest assured that your forms will be secure, and easily accessible from our mobile or desktop platforms whenever you need them.
Additionally, Carepatron offers other super useful features such as a community template library. 24/7 support, a client portal with appointment scheduling, video conferencing functionality, smart dictation software, and much more. Carepatron is designed to take your practice to the next level by automating and streamlining your administration tasks so you can focus on what you do best. Counselors can access counseling note templates, intake forms, and many more as well as a community of over 10,000 healthcare practitioners around the world.