I am a store manager in clothing retail.
I was sent a warning letter by my area manager via email on my personal email address.
Is that professional? I thought the procedure was to post the letter signed for.
The company is french, when I started in March 2010, there was no structure, no HR documents, Health and safety procedures were not in place.
I offered to my Area Manager to help in some areas.
I prepared templates of letters (request for references, letter to an unsuccesful applicant and letter for job abandonement).
Every time she would visit I would show her all the documents and give copies.
I have been using them for the past year.
The other managers of the Uk network have also used those templates.
The area manager has always been aware and has always received copies of the letters sent to any member of staff.
She has never told me not to use them.
I have recently sent an email with the templates to my area manager, her assistant and the Uk managers (most of them are french and have difficulties to write in English). I thought they could use them as examples if needed.
This is the reason why I am getting the written warning.
I did not have a proper meeting nor offered to be represented or have a witness. She visited my store on the 16/03 and told me I cannot use these letters without Paris approval, that she felt that I stabed her in the back and asked me if I wanted her job. I was told I've crossed the boundaries of my position and the she was saying a big no to me.
I was not prepared and I was not expecting a warning or such a discussion.
The letter is dated on the 16/03 but she was emailed on the 21/03.
It says I have 5 working days to reply to it.
If my shop opens on Sundays, does it mean Sunday is considered as a working day?
I feel quite demotivated. I also feel the punishement is a bit too excessive.
There are some incoherences and I would like to write a letter to my director.
She has written the letter in english, do I have to write my answer in english too?
My director is based in France and he is not fluent in english, can I reply in french?
Thank you in advance for your replies,
26th March 2011 From United Kingdom, London
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