Professional Feature: Discipline


About The Professional Feature 'Discipline'

Discipline means that you know the rules and procedures within your company or organization and that you comply with them. If you've problems or if things are unclear, you should contact the person responsible for them. It also means that you can impose rules on yourself and stick to them.

What does that mean in concrete terms?

Small and large rules: they are all based on agreements. Employees who know the agreements and adhere to them, help their business run smoothly. The opposite of discipline is anarchy : you refuse to obey rules. Because of such an attitude, you can't actually be held in any position, except perhaps as a non-worldly landscape painter in a hut on the heath. You can start for yourself, but you must also be disciplined. So nobody escapes.

If you are disciplined, you accept decisions from above. Even if they are less beneficial for yourself. You don't hesitate when your boss asks you to work overtime, as previously agreed. You also know your own duties and responsibilities. If something is not clear, ask your supervisor for an explanation.

It is also important that you respond in a controlled manner to every situation. So you don't start to say 'well and woe' if you don't like decisions or new rules. If you think that certain rules need to be deviated from, you should first consult your manager or supervisor. For example, with your team you've a short meeting every Friday at ten o'clock. You ensure that you are on time and you don't plan other appointments around that time. If your child has to go to the hospital unexpectedly or something else is important, then of course you've every reason to make an exception.

Which competencies are involved?

- Adaptability. Adapting to means not only adapting to people, but also constantly adapting to changes in your working environment.
- Flexibility: For example, if an anti-smoking policy is announced within your organization, you don't stick to your own opinion - even if you are a chain smoker - but accept this new rule.
- Integrity: Because people know that you always live up to your agreements, you are a reliable person for your environment.
- Loyal to organization: You, in turn, trust your employer. You want to contribute to the growth of the company. That is why you actively participate in complying with the procedures.
- Responsibility: You know that a good organization depends on disciplined employees. When you've a sense of responsibility, you are more motivated to adhere to the rules and standards that apply there.

Can you learn discipline?

Discipline can in principle be learned in the workplace. By addressing people about their behavior or taking measures if there is no improvement. If you yourself are open to this type of feedback, you can grow into it. In addition, some employees are not disciplined because they are insufficiently familiar with the rules. Providing and repeating information is essential in such cases.

On the other hand, most employees know what is expected of them, but they feel no need to respond to this. For these people, discipline is more a matter of wanting to listen than of learning. When unwillingness is involved, it's difficult to further develop this competency.

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