A letter of admonishment is a letter of reprimand, but less severe. Its purpose is to let you know you have done something that is reprehensible, and that if you continue to engage in this activity, there will be serious consequences in the future. A letter of admonishment is used for incidents with low level of severity, where a letter of reprimand would be too harsh.
Sample letter of admonishment
Doris M. Hurst
3315 Bernardo Street
Polk City, FL 33868
Dear Mrs. Hurst,
It has come to our attention that on December 1st, 2009, you and a coworker engaged in a heated argument in the break room.
We do not know all the details of the incident, but we do know that it disturbed your coworkers greatly, and it really affected the overall dynamic of the office.
We know you are a very hard worker, and an incredible asset to this organization, but if there are any outbursts like that again, there will be severe penalties to pay. We like that our employees are passionate about their work, but we think you took it just a little too far this time.
There will be no penalty for your actions this time, but if it happens again, we can’t guarantee the same treatment.