How HR Can Maintain Discipline and Ethics in the Workplace

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How HR Can Maintain Discipline and Ethics in the Workplace

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Everyone deserves to feel safe at work, and companies are obliged to protect their workers and maintain discipline in the office. This includes putting measures in place to detect lateness, dress code violations, harassment, improper behavior, and other acts that make employees uneasy. Not clamping down on inappropriate conduct can make a company disorganized, less productive, and a magnet for negative publicity.

These are bad outcomes because, in this era of social media, bad news spreads like wildfire. If a company’s name is regularly associated with bad conduct, recruitment will become harder. This is because top talent will refuse to apply for their vacant positions, and the ones already employed may leave for a better company.

Employees affected by indiscipline in their workplace can sue their company for damages, which can cause temporary financial setbacks and negative news coverage. If a culture of indiscipline festers long enough, an affected company will lose a lot of money and might eventually go out of business. This is why HR has to nip indiscipline in the bud as soon as it crosses their radar and create a healthy workplace.

Ways to Combat Indiscipline and Promote Ethical Behavior

Indiscipline and unethical behavior come in different forms, as implied above. The human resources professionals in a company have to determine what constitutes acceptable behavior and set policies that discourage indiscipline. Here are some things they can do to get their employees to conform:

Teach employees how to behave at work

HR professionals can host seminars with employees to discuss the ways they should and should not interact with their coworkers. This includes but is not limited to the kind of topics to stay away from, the type of compliments that are inappropriate, and the acceptable way to dress. These values should be instilled in new recruits when they are being onboarded, so they do not give people a bad first impression of themselves.

Dedicate a hotline for complaint reporting

Some people silently deal with harassment and other abusive behavior at work because of fear of retaliation if they report it. HR should be aware of this and provide several means for employees to complain anonymously and report an offending worker. There are hotline providers like CMS that companies can work with to allow people to anonymously call and report inappropriate and offensive workplace behavior so HR can act on their behalf.

Investigate and punish violators

People respect office rules when they are enforced with appropriate punishments. All complaints should be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. If an employee is proven to have gone against the code of conduct, they should be reprimanded, suspended with or without pay, or dismissed permanently.

Endnote

Companies should foster a culture of respect and inclusivity so their employees can feel safe and valued while they work. Indiscipline and inappropriate behavior can make an office toxic and tempt employees to leave. This will affect their productivity, reputation, and ability to recruit top talent in the future. HR professionals have a responsibility to monitor and control their employees’ behavior and ensure that violators are held accountable.

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