Written Up at Work? Don’t Sign That Paper!

I was recently written up at my job. I was told that I use too much bathroom time. I believe in this day and age a grown man should be able to go to the bathroom whenever he likes, but obviously my employer doesn’t feel that way. A peice of paper was written up and placed in front of me along with a pen. The HR rep smiled and spoke to me like this was a good thing. “Oh we’ll just need to get this out of the way and then we can move past this.” he said. They make it sound like it’s in YOUR best interest to sign the paper. I respectfully declined.

When you sign a piece of paper when you get written up at your job, you are giving your employer more power in a situation where you may need to go to court. They can also use it if there is an argument for unemployment benefits should you eventually lose your job. You don’t gain anything from signing.

Since my HR rep’s attempt to get me to sign didn’t work, he then said “OK, that’s fine, but what I’d like to get is your side of the story.” Many people seem to cave in at this point. They get excited that HR is giving them an opportunity to give their side of the story. What you’re really doing by writing a rebuttal is acknowledging that your employer warned you. Another item that can be used in court.

Whether you think you are in the wrong or not, you gain nothing by signing a written warning at work. You don’t have to sign it and shouldn’t under any circumstances. Tell your employer that you respectfully decline to sign. Don’t even write that you respectfully decline on the paper if asked. Write nothing!