An oral reprimand is a supervisor’s or manager’s verbal warning to an employee for engaging in inappropriate conduct or behavior. This type of reprimand is used for several reasons. It allows supervisors to express their concerns respectfully, and issuing the warning is respected by both the person receiving it and by other employees. It also allows the manager to attempt to correct a problem without formally documenting it so that an incident does not go on an employee’s permanent record.
A written reprimand is supported by a document that is given to the employee. Your Department Head must approve a reprimand before providing it to an employee.