Promoting discipline at work

Tom has had his share of bad behaviour at his juice processing firm. Many of his workers used to report to work late and could leave early. Stealing from the company was the ‘norm’ and there was no respect for authority.
To curtail such unruliness, he instituted stringent measures to promote good discipline and also salvage his business, which was at the verge of collapse.
Good discipline remains one critical attribute that every employer wishes to enforce at the workplace. With it, effective productivity is assured and a quieter working environment. However, bad behaviour is counterproductive and should be dealt with decisively.
Today, many parents have relegated the huge responsibility of raising a disciplined citizenry to school administrators and religious leaders because they are ‘too’ busy to instil good discipline at home. Unfortunately, not all training institutions are prepared to take up that burden against their business interests.
Therefore, a company manager should institute order at the workplace through setting and emphasising a good discipline policy. This should be printed and distributed to individual employees. All staff and section meetings can as well be used as platforms for emphasising discipline programmes at work. A discipline policy gives employees a clear understanding of what is expected of them and creates good morale.
In today’s competitive market, customers are increasingly demanding high quality products in the blink of an eye. But this cannot be achieved with an undisciplined team.
It is natural for some subordinates to feel bad when they are disciplined for bad behaviour. On the other hand, this approach helps to boost other employees’ morale. Discipline and success are intertwined. Many successful firms and private individuals have realised their dreams through working harder and having good discipline.

The writer is a human resources expert and a journalist.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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