Difficult Conversations

About this course

Poorly conducted disciplinary meetings destroy relationships with employees and unnecessarily expose the organisation to legal risk. This program ensures that managers are well equipped to handle the difficult conversations that arise during the disciplinary process.

This program builds upon the knowledge gained from our full day Investigation and Disciplinary Management training program. We have designed this training around feedback from our clients which suggests that some managers are ill equipped to have difficult conversations. To that end, we have incorporated role play exercises within this program to ensure that participants are provided with an opportunity to augment their difficult conversation skillset.

Maximum number of attendees:

24 at EMA Consulting training facility
24 at client premises

Who should participate?

Anyone that would benefit by enhancing their difficult conversation skillset i.e. HR practitioners, managers and supervisors.

Relevant to

  • Leadership
  • Employee Relations

Course Content

This course provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills required to enable them to:

  • Engage in difficult conversations without delay

  • Run effective counselling meetings

  • Effectively utilise performance improvement plans

  • Carry out effective suspension meetings (serious misconduct)

  • Conduct effective response meetings

  • Know what to do and the way forward when a warning is given


Difficult Conversations

  • What are the difficult conversations and when are they likely to occur?

  • What are the common mistakes?

  • What can I do to ensure that difficult conversations are successful?


  • What is the purpose of counselling?

  • When should counselling occur? 

  • Role play exercises to enable participants to sharpen their counselling skills within a safe environment

Suspending Employees

  • Why suspend?

  • What do I need to know to ensure that the way the suspension meeting is conducted does not expose the organisation to further risk?

Response Meetings

  • What is the primary aim of this meeting?

  • What are the legal risks and what do I need to do to ensure that these risks are effectively mitigated? 

  • Role play exercises to enable participants to practice running effective response meetings

When a warning is given

  • Why are warnings given?

  • What is the purpose of the outcome meeting?

  • What are they common mistakes that managers make that have the potential to undermine the entire disciplinary process?

  • When are reviews appropriate?

Course Details

Group Training

Full Day Course

Available Face-to-face or online


($4,100 for clients with a current MyEms Subscription)

NB: Excludes GST, room hire, catering and reasonable travel and accommodation expenses when face-to-face training us delivered outside of the Adelaide metropolitan area.

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