An investigation of causes of indiscipline among teachers and its impact on organizations performance: A case of teachers employed by the service commission on interdiction
Maundu, Mueni Josephine
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Indiscipline among teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission has been on the increase despite the existence of clearly defined rules of conduct, which every teacher is expected to familiarize themselves with. The commission spends a lot of money and man-hours handling discipline issues thus diverting its attention from other productive functional areas. Indiscipline affects organizations performance since undisciplined employees are not productive. Reducing incidents of indiscipline among teachers is only possible if the commission knows the major underlying causes of indiscipline among the teachers. The performance of an organization depends on the performance of individual employees. The key factors that generally give rise to indiscipline appear to be lack of commitment to work and to the organization. Poor performance is manifested in different areas of an organization; it is through unachieved goals, increased production or operational costs and a general decline of morale among employees. Giving sever penalties for indiscipline acts may not deter' employees in getting involved in acts detrimental to organizational performance. Pigors/Myers noted that many managers now believe that peak performance depends on action by which employees in subordinate position voluntarily carry out instructions issued by supervisors and abide by rules of conduct and standards of work which have been established to ensure successful attainment of organizational objectives. According to this concept effective discipline is a by product of positive discipline. The study targeted teachers who were on interdiction for various offences and have been invited to the commission for hearing of their cases. The sample used was selected by use of Random probability sampling from a list of teachers scheduled for hearing between 1 st August and 31 st August 2005. The commission invites an average of 10 teachers for hearing in a day and the panels sit for four days in a week. A structured/semi-structured questionnaire was administered to the units of analysis and the researcher analyzed the data by use of statistical methods. Observance of stricter discipline on the part of labor and management cannot be imposed by legislation; it has to be achieved by organizations of employer and employees by evolving suitable sanctions of their own. The primary purpose of disciplinary action is to change negative employee behavior. When discipline is handled in a positive manner an employee is less likely to feel defensive and is far more likely to make a serious commitment to change behavior. Organization should therefore strive to achieve "constructive" approach to employees' discipline which allows the employee to maintain self respect. Cases of indiscipline among teachers have continued to increase despite the commission's effort to punish those found guilty of various offences in an effort to deter others from committing similar offences. The increase of discipline cases poses a major threat to the quality of teaching standard, and reduces the active workforce thus effecting the smooth implementation of universal free primary education.