Gross misconduct is a situation wherein an employee’s negative behavior, action, or unprofessional behavior contradicts the company’s code of conduct, which may also lead to his immediate dismissal. Such misconduct may force the management to take necessary actions against the employee according to the company’s policies.
Example of gross misconduct in the workplace:
Addressing the misconduct that occurred will positively impact the organization. Employees will follow the discipline and the code of conduct, which will prevent the happening of illegal or wrongful events. When actions are taken against the wrong circumstances, it will set an example that management takes action against any wrongdoing.
Gross misconduct is diminishing the employee due to his wrongdoings, whereas misconduct is also wrongdoing but does not result in employees' dismissal. It's upon the management whether they decide to dismiss the employee for misconduct or give them a chance to stay with the organization.
Management often investigates the misconduct and makes an effort to have a clear picture of the happenings and take the correct decision. However, when the employees perform any action against the company's code of conduct and result in damaging them, the decision of gross misconduct is taken.