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Organizational Discipline

Organizational Discipline – A Way of Life

Organizational Discipline: Discipline is the force that prompts individuals or groups to observe rules, regulations, standards and procedures deemed necessary for an organization.

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Discipline is one word that instills fear in the minds of individuals. The very word sounds autocratic when uttered by your boss and creates a feeling that you are being forcibly controlled.

If you do not live up to the expectations of the management, definitely you are going to get listed for disciplinary action.

  • Why is that discipline always gets enforced to gain obedience?
  • Why people get intimidated when subjected to disciplinary action?
  • Why streamlining your behavior becomes so difficult some times?

Have you ever given a thought on how we always try to put the blame on management for being a father figure? We have to see things from a broader perspective.

When you work for somebody, it is their prerogative to develop some rules and standardize some norms which they think is suitable for the mode of operations.

Policies and procedures are formulated for the effective functioning of the organization. It is your responsibility to make them satisfied with your conduct to gain trust and confidence.

Organizations are real time schools where you can learn a lot about proper social behavior and develop high standards of discipline.

Learning Induces Change in Behavior

Learning, an ongoing process is a wonderful experience and individuals must use the opportunity to fit themselves well in the human network when they work for big corporates. The objective of discipline is “orderly behavior”.

  • How many of you maintain a cordial relationship with your peers in the organization?
  • Are you sure they are not talking behind your back for some unpleasant quality of yours?
  • Are you alienating yourself from the rest of the group?

Self appraisal is the best way to rank yourself against various critical factors of interpersonal relationship with your team members.

Things which we have to consider that might be the causes for indiscipline and misconduct stems from psychological, social and personality oriented factors.


The main causes of absenteeism

Pic Source: Dominion Systems

Absenteeism is one thing that no superior can withstand as it directly affects the productivity and vitality of the company. The reasons if presented are weird, he becomes more agitated.

Dishonesty is not a thing to be tolerated by the management. Insubordination also causes clashes between the executives and the employees as their “egos are battered.”

Carrot and Stick Policy

Considering from the employees’ point of view, the carrot and stick policy of the management alone do not make them committed to the firm.


Challenging tasks, sense of participation, favorable work climate etc. makes them more responsible and faithful. Immediate rewards and recognitions are more appealing than deferred benefits like pension or gratuity.

The emotional aspects of the employees must not be handled in a conservative but in a flexible manner by the management. This will create a feeling of trust and openness between the two.


Hard and fast rules may not solve the purpose when there is no room for any humanism or democracy. This might even be the cause for employees to work against the interests of the company.

This leads to disciplinary actions which prove hectic to both the parties. The management on its part has to definitely shed its autocratic attitude and adapt to more participative style of leadership.

Personnel department has to play their administrative role in acting as a link factor between the employees and their superiors.

Although managers exercise the authority of punishment, it is the HR department’s duty to develop proper procedures of administration of discipline and assist the management in conducting enquiries and solicit the cooperation of union or the worker in disciplinary proceedings.

Don’t follow the policy of “Show me the man and I will tell you the rules”, as it doesn’t accommodate fairness in your treatment. Ensure that no one is above the law and employees must take up discipline as a “way of life” as it helps them to groom their personality.


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