Relevance and Importance of Discipline in Industry
What is Discipline ?
A disciplinary procedure is the means by which rules are observed and standards are maintained. It provides a method of dealing with any shortcomings in conduct or performance and can help a person to become effective again. The procedure should be fair, effective and consistently applied.
Conformity by the employees to the expectations of management in terms of standards of behaviour and performance, code of conduct and desirable actions and behaviour made known to them through formal or informal, written or verbal means.
Clarity of Expectations
Uniformity Consistency Predictability
Reduction in distraction enabling to focus on core functions
Leading to better performance
Good disciplinary procedure should :
be in writing
say who they apply to if there are different rules for different groups
provide for matters to be dealt with speedily
Tell what action might be taken
Specify Authority Levels
give employees an opportunity to explain
Disciplinary Rules are effective when :
Employees participation in formulation of rules
Psychological acceptance by employees
There is agreement on methods of evaluation and determination of deviation
Minimum time lag between occurrence of deviation and initiation of corrective mechanism
Internal adherence of rules rather than external policing is achieved