University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Dealing with Performance Problems

Assistance with Performance Problems

If you have performance problems in your department that need addressing, the first place to start is with your unit HR Professional or central Human Resources Consultant.

The purpose of performance management is to help the employee be successful and to draw boundaries for appropriate behavior on the job. At times, there are problems that need to be addressed.

Non-Disciplinary Steps

Non-disciplinary actions are the first place to start when managing a performance problem.

Disciplinary Action

If the non-disciplinary action does not achieve the desired results, there is a formal process which you must go through to discipline an employee. Employees must be given due process as outlined in their contract or governing document. All disciplinary action must be based on just cause.


A disciplinary action may advance to a grievance. Grievance procedures vary by employee group and should be addressed according to the procedures in their governing document.