The Basic Principles of Discipline

The Objective of Discipline
Managers and Team Leaders should always remember that the primary objective of discipline is to improve an individual’s performance/behaviour – not to punish it.  
Performance/Behaviour Shortfalls
Where there is a shortfall in performance or behaviour it is imperative that the Manager/Team Leader speaks as early as possible with the employee.  Many Managers regard this as an unpalatable task and keep postponing such conversations; however early intervention is critical if a positive outcome is to occur.
Agreeing a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)
It is necessary for the Manager to put in place a PIP for any employee whose performance or behaviour does not come up to the required standard.  In addition, Managers need to provide feedback on progress within a PIP. 
The Importance of Fairness
All of the above must be viewed within the value of Fairness, which is the key basic principle of discipline.  Fairness should characterise the way the employee’s difficulties are understood, the plan that is put in place, and the full journey towards improvement.
At HRforSMEs we can help organisations put in place all of the necessary Basic Principles for Discipline – in policy and in practice. For more information and advice on the Discipline Process and all other HR issues please call us today on 01-2788980 for a no obligation chat.
You can learn much more about the Basic Principles of Discipline and many other aspects of Discipline in the book ‘Discipline and Dismissal’ (written by Frank Scott-Lennon and Dr. Mary Redmond) which is available at