We stopped last week pointing out that
discipline means conformity to the rules and regulations of the institution
where one finds himself employed. Henri
Fayol said that no enterprise can survive without discipline.
It is not that discipline begins and
ends with the employees of an institution.
Fayol emphasizes discipline at all levels of the organization. The sense
of discipline an employee derives from the institution does not come from the
frame work of rules and regulations alone; much more than that, he realizes
inwardly the significance of discipline if the employer himself is highly
disciplined. In other words, the
discipline flows downwards. A disciplined employer is an open statement of
success in business by his very discipline. In such a context, an employee
begins to learn discipline and not just tolerate it for the sake of living.
And the respect for the employer on
account of his discipline matures into very reverence if the employer has
necessary skill and worth to lead the organization. Worth can be both rich
experience as well as educational qualification. Experience includes both the
experience gained through the family business and the experience gained
individually having started one’s own enterprise. The essence of experience of
an employer lies in spotting out the talented and the loyal and fair
distribution of rewards and punishment in the organization. An erring employee is a universal phenomenon;
every organization will have someone who does not obey the rules and
regulations of the institution and tackling such employees in a tactful manner
is a subtle streak of management.
A perceptive management will have clear
and fair agreements with its employees; the agreement is so clear that an employee
knows without any doubt what reward he will get for his loyalty and when; at
the same time, he also knows what punishment he will get for which fault. The
reward and punishment code is unambiguously clear and the employee is convinced
that there is a good proportion between the merit and monetary benefit and
between the violation of any regulation and consequent penalty. The
judiciousness behind the frame work of reward and punishment testifies to the
rich experience and expertise of the management, the employer.
In an organization which has disciplined
leaders, employers, the cultivation of discipline among the employees will not
be a very big issue. The very presence
of such disciplined heads motivates the employees to work sincerely which
actually increases the efficiency of the employees and in turn, this increases
the productivity of the organization. Therefore, Henri Fayol is correct in his
wise statement that without discipline no enterprise can survive.
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