The Theory Of Progressive Discipline

866 Words Jul 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Progressive Discipline is a mechanism to provide employees with several opportunities to modify inappropriate behavior and adhere to company standards of conduct. In her article, Hastings discusses Progressive Discipline policies and compares the philosophy of the more positive approach of Non-punishing Discipline, discussed by HR expert, Dick Grote. The wisdom of King Solomon, speaks often on the subject of discipline, relating discipline to knowledge. He encouraged listeners to see God’s discipline as a loving, along with corrective power that leads to living an upright life (Prov. 6:23; 12:1). Progressive Discipline can be both positive as well as negative, although commonly accepted, is often viewed through a “criminal justice mentality” (Grote, 2008). Hastings agrees with this assessment emphasizing that the difference consists of a “punishment instead of an opportunity to correct the situation”, which can generate anger in addition to calculating game playing by employees. Discipline and punishment are two sides of the same coin moreover; effective workplace discipline is best viewed in the same light. This paper will discuss both views of discipline, possible alternative solutions to correct behaviors and assist employees in returning to expected performance. Progressive discipline tends to be the policy of choice, since it “provides an employee with a second or third chance to change their inappropriate behavior”, but relies entirely on thorough, consistent…
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