Discipline of work

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Discipline of work
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Discipline of work is the total of employee duties, as well as the employee's compliance with the rules of conduct that apply to him. These duties are legal in nature, because they result from the provisions of the Labor Code. Often you can meet with internal restrictions in the form of work regulations, which define the rights and duties of an employee in a given position.

Employee duties

  • Obligation to comply with the agreed working time:
    • Getting to a place of work at a specified time and in a working condition,
    • Compliance with the fixed working day length - obliges the employee to perform work at the time specified for a given category of employees.
  • Obligation to diligently perform work - obliges the employee to make every effort to ensure that his work is performed at a specified time, in a precise manner, in accordance with technical requirements, and also to give the best results.
  • The obligation to carry out superiors' orders.
  • Obligation to observe the order of work - refers to the rules contained in the work regulations of a given workplace, which include, among others:
    • the way the employee confirms his arrival at work,
    • the method of acquiring and storing work tools,
    • fixing places for smoking or eating meals.
  • Duty of caring for the good of the employer - obliges the employee to care for the machines, tools, equipment, raw materials and other objects entrusted to him during work.
  • Obligation to comply with the rules and principles of health and safety at work - this is the primary responsibility of every employee, obliges the employee to:
    • familiarize yourself with the health and safety at work regulations (through trainings and instructions),
    • performing work in accordance with health and safety at work regulations,
    • caring for the proper condition of machines,
    • application of protection measures (clothing, footwear, equipment),
    • undergoing testing (preliminary, periodic and control)
    • immediately notifying the supervisor of an accident or threat to one's life or health,
    • cooperation with the employer in fulfilling the duties related to health and safety at work.
  • Obligation to comply with the rules of social coexistence - these principles are set by individual employers and usually include:
    • polite behavior towards supervisors, subordinates and co-workers,
    • not disturbing others at work,
    • showing help to subordinates.

Non-competition clause

One of the most important duties of an employee is the prohibition of competition. This means that while performing work at a given position, an employee can not run a competitive activity at the same time or provide services to other entities that conduct such activity. The purpose of such a restriction is to act only and exclusively in caring for the good of the workplace. However, it should be remembered that in this case it is necessary to create an agreement between the employee and the employer, because the oral contract will not be respected by the judiciary, and the labor code reserves this form under pain of nullity. The contract may be in force during the employment relationship as well as after its termination. In the latter case, the employee may apply for compensation, which may not be lower than 25% of remuneration, because the prohibition of competition may hinder the performance of the profession at another work establishment. The period is determined based on the contract, and if the parties do not reach an agreement in the amount of compensation, it is determined on the basis of the labor code.


The problem is that not every employee easily complies with the applicable rules. This may cause that the level of work achieved by him will be unsatisfactory for the employer. The solution to this problem is dealt with by the manager, who should:

  • address this matter in a fair and reasonable manner,
  • deal with this matter immediately
  • collect and consider all information relevant to a given situation,
  • keep calm and consistent,
  • try to find a way to encourage the employee to improve.

Examples of Discipline of work

  • Adherence to Company Policies and Procedures: This includes following the policies and procedures outlined in the employee handbook and any other applicable documents. Employees must be aware of the company's expectations when it comes to attendance, punctuality, and other areas in order to maintain a healthy work environment.
  • Adherence to Safety Regulations: Employees must be aware of and adhere to company safety regulations and standards. This includes the use of personal protective equipment and following proper procedures when operating machinery.
  • Professionalism: Employees must maintain a professional demeanor and attitude at all times. This includes abiding by the company's dress code, being respectful to co-workers and customers, and refraining from engaging in unprofessional behavior such as gossiping or engaging in inappropriate conversations.
  • Quality of Work: Employees must ensure that their work meets the company's standards of quality. This means meeting deadlines and producing work that is accurate and error-free.
  • Meeting Deadlines: Employees must be able to meet deadlines for their tasks and projects. This requires a dedication to completing tasks in a timely manner and an understanding of how to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively.

Advantages of Discipline of work

Discipline of work can bring many advantages to organizations and employees alike. These include:

  • Increased productivity: Discipline of work ensures that employees remain focused on their tasks and do not waste their time on activities which are not related to the job. This helps to increase production and helps to ensure that the work is completed efficiently and on time.
  • Improved safety: Adherence to the rules of discipline of work helps to ensure the safety of the workplace, as employees are aware of the potential risks associated with their work and strive to work more safely.
  • Enhanced morale: Following a set of rules and regulations increases the morale of employees, as it shows them that their employer cares about their safety, well-being and productivity.
  • Improved trust: Following the rules of discipline of work also helps to build trust between the employer and the employee. This trust allows for a better working relationship and allows for more communication and cooperation between the two parties.
  • Reduced turnover: Companies who maintain a high level of discipline at work tend to have lower employee turnover rates. This is because employees are more likely to stay in an organization where they feel respected and valued.

Limitations of Discipline of work

Discipline of work has certain limitations. These limitations are:

  • It cannot be used to control the private lives of employees, as this would constitute an invasion of their personal privacy.
  • It cannot be used to force employees to carry out tasks that are beyond the scope of their job description.
  • It cannot be used to punish employees for expressing their opinion or for engaging in activities outside their working hours.
  • It cannot be used to restrict employees' rights to take part in union activities or other collective bargaining.
  • It cannot be used to discriminate against employees on the basis of their gender, race, religion, age, or any other protected characteristic.
  • It cannot be used to prevent employees from engaging in activities that are considered to be in the public interest.
  • It cannot be used to restrict employees' rights to take reasonable time off for rest and recreation.

Other approaches related to Discipline of work

The topic of Discipline of work includes several other approaches, such as:

  • Time Management: This involves setting deadlines, managing tasks, and ensuring that employees are working efficiently.
  • Quality Control: This involves ensuring that all employees produce quality work according to the standards set by the company.
  • Safety: This involves creating a safe working environment for employees and making sure that all safety procedures are followed.
  • Accountability: This involves ensuring that employees are held accountable for the work they produce and any mistakes they make.
  • Communication: This involves providing clear instructions and expectations for employees, as well as encouraging open communication and feedback.

In summary, the topic of Discipline of work involves a variety of approaches and strategies that are designed to ensure that employees are working efficiently, safely, and with quality. These approaches help to ensure that the company's standards are met and that employees are held accountable for their work.