Controlling staff

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Give them an inch, and they will take a mile. It’s a quote that is widely used because it’s true, and happens. I use it in the context of staff and keeping them disciplined workplace-wise.

Not many staff members are self-disciplined enough to work without their boss constantly checking on them.

Employee productivity is as key to a business’ profitability as job satisfaction is key to employee productivity. Employers need to establish a culture or policy that encourages employee involvement in addressing unacceptable behaviour.

Establish rules and guidelines

Just as there are job descriptions with standards of performance, there must be behaviour and conduct standards. These rules need to be consistent and enforced across the organisation.

Define consequences of violating the code of ethics

Ensure the system presents a fair technique for reprimanding employees who have fallen short of the required standards. Make it smart of course, you don’t want your employees to feel constantly under attack.

Start a program to boost discipline

This can be done by giving out remuneration to individuals who maintain high standards of discipline. These examples can help build positive personal reinforcement for employees.

Act as a role model

This is the most important one. Employers need to lead by example to inspire employees and maintain a suitable reputation in the company.

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