In any organization, there is the important need to maintain law and order just like in the society at large. This responsibility lies with the management, from supervisors to managers and even directors.
An organization comprises of different people with different backgrounds, ideologies and beliefs. Pooling their skills together to achieve organizational objectives is a very demanding task which must be done.
A key factor in this is discipline; in order words, the extent to which management and employees of any organization can adhere to its rules and regulations. Those that exhibit traces of indiscipline should be sanctioned because of their negative actions.
Discipline is a tool that is used to keep the fabric of the company together, if you as a manager or entrepreneur fail to realize this, then you are likely to fail.
Most people will only obey rules if they know that they will be sanctioned for exhibiting behaviour that is detrimental to the achievement of organizational objectives.
Hence, management must not shy away from enforcing organizational rules and regulations, that are meant to ensure discipline in the work place.
One must also note that discipline in the work place goes beyond issues like corruption, absenteeism, sexual harassment or even bullying. It includes strict adherence to health and safety procedures put in place to ensure that the work place is safe for every individual employed by the organization.
This last issue is often overlooked by managers as long as no accidents occur. However, when accidents occur, accusations start to fly from various quarters as the different parties involved try to protect their jobs. This need not be the case if there is proper training and orientation within the organization for management to provide proper work tools and safety equipment while employees properly use the equipment required to ensure safety for everyone in the work place.