The effectiveness and consistency of disciplinary actions and procedures within a South African organisation

Xavier Knight, Wilfred I. Ukpere

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Disciplinary procedures are used to correct behaviour which contradicts organisational goals and brings about labour peace in the workplace. However, if incorrectly applied, its consequences can be felt throughout the organisation. The objective of this paper was to examine how employees perceive the application of disciplinary action in the organisation and whether they felt that leaders were following correct procedures in this regard. A closed-ended questionnaire was distributed to a sample group of employees, where after focus group interviews were held to elaborate on answers given. The results revealed that employees felt disciplinary procedures were inconsistently applied, and that not all employees received the same treatment for similar actions. It is suggested that leaders within the investigated organisation receive guidance and appropriate training to correct this perception, which will lead to the consistent application of discipline and appropriate treatment of all employees, resulting in improved employee morale, motivation and a healthier work environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-596
Number of pages8
JournalMediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Consistency
  • Disciplinary action
  • Effectiveness
  • Procedures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)


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