CHARACTERISTICS OF A CODE OF DISCIPLINE (First of Two Parts)Atty Elvin
The following are some of the characteristics of a Code of Discipline:
- The Code is not a standalone object in the workplace. It is integrated and even forming part of the company’s well being. It is aligned with the purpose of the organization. It allows employees to behave in a way that is consistent with the values of the organization and in line with its laws and regulations.
- Being a common expression of aspiration and guiding principles, it is a collaborative effort of both employer and the employees. It is expressed not just from employer’s view but also from an employee’s perspective. It is more than maintaining the company’s stability, peace and harmony with its workers. It may also involve employee’s pride and belongingness in their organization, their team and their own work. Employees are mated to this work that forms a bond with the organization’s psyche.
- It is fair and just. The provisions are not harsh. The penalties provided are appropriate for the act committed.
- It should observe both substantive and procedural due processes. The Code shall apply equally to all. It should not be, in sense, a class legislation where its application is only limited to select group or class of workers. Being so would render the Code a tool for circumvention of labor rights.
(See Discussion in the book How to Design and Formulate Company Code of Discipline, pp16-17)