“ Discipline is the bridge between goal and accomplishments”
- Jim Rohn
Discipline refers to the set of actions imposed by an organization on its employees for failure to follow the organizations rules, standards or policies.
If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.
What leads to employee indiscipline?
Poor employee selection and orientation procedures.
Poorly defined employee expectations
Poorly understood employee expectations
Improperly selected and trained supervisors
Incorrect philosophy of discipline
Employee indiscipline leads to…
Unhealthy and unsafe work environment
First create an environment where discipline need not be implemented, i.e., it prevails already.
It must include a well hiring, orientation, training, grievance and dispute resolution systems as integrated parts of a single program with a single objective: the creation and maintenance of a disciplined work force.
Make sure the evidence supports the charge of employee wrongdoing.
Ensure that the employee’s due rights are protected.
Warn the employee of the disciplinary consequences.
The rule that was allegedly violated should be related to the efficient and safe operation of the particular work environment.
Fairly and adequately investigate the matter before administering discipline.
The investigation should produce substantial evidence of misconduct.
Rules, orders or penalties should be applied evenhandedly.
The penalty should be related to the misconduct and employee’s past work history.
Maintain the employee’s right to counsel.
Don’t rob an employee of his/her dignity.
The employees have the right to know what is expected of them and what are the consequences of not fulfilling those expectations will be.
Was the employee aware of what he/she fell short of what the employer expected.
Certain offences are contrary to acceptable conduct that discipline is readily accepted or justified upon review regardless of whether there was any prior communication or warning to the employee.
Intentional destruction of company property
Total refusal to perform safe work
Gross or intentional endangerment of the safety of coworkers.
Excessive absenteeism is another factor that can lead to termination only after a series of lesser penalties.
Four elements emphasized in ethical thinking programs.
respect the customs/rituals of others
think of yourself and the organization as a part of the larger society
try to evaluate a situation objectively and evaluate the anticipated and unintended consequences of each possible action
consider the welfare of others as much as is feasible
If an employee adheres to these ethical principles then there is no need for any disciplinary actions.
A fair and just discipline process is based on three pillars:
Clear rules and regulations
A system of progressive discipline
An appeals process
Basic elements of Progressive Discipline
Each situation is unique and might call for different actions and steps!
Progressive discipline should be implemented through:-