HR Poll: Do You Give Second Chances?

by Michelle Toney on January 3, 2014

in Just For Fun,Performance Management,Questions,Reflection

Do you give second chances in HR? This is not an easy question, I know. I don’t think one answer is going to fit every situation, but I’m really curious about how others in HR feel about giving a second chance and when you feel it’s warranted.

If someone tests positive on a drug test, do you draw up a last chance agreement? Or is that the end of the road for their employment? Does it matter if it is a valued long-term employee or someone who is just so-so at what they do? If someone doesn’t show up for an interview and later claims that they had the nastiest flu (like what is going around right now!) and they couldn’t remember the last 48 hours because they were so sick – do you believe them and reschedule? The list of scenarios could go on and on.

There is no right or wrong answer to this that I’m going to hold you to. It’s not a trick question, I promise. In fact, if I don’t hear from you I might ask again…just to give you a second chance.


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1 Sue Comer January 4, 2014 at 6:35 am

Second chances – what a great question. I gave more 2nd chances when I first started out in HR. I was more naive, trusting and as a result was “burned” a few times. I try to do a better job now analyzing each individual situation, asking lots of questions and “reading” the person to make a better decision each time for both the company and the individual.

2 Michelle Toney January 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Thanks for your perspective, Sue. I’ve definitely gotten burned after giving second chances, but then just recently gave a second chance and it all (unexpectedly) worked out. That’s what sparked my curiosity and promped the blog post.

Good to hear from you!


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