Disciplinary Actions for a knowledgeable person who we don't want to loose - CiteHR
Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Kumaran Praveen
Insolvency N Gst Professional

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Dear All this is Arunima Majumder Datta working with xxxxx Pvt Ltd as HR Executive. I need to counsel our yyy Executive as he is not maintaing Office disciplines properly (late coming, early going, taking half days randomly, misbehaving with others). He is very much knowledgeable as far as IT is concerned and we don't want to loose him. Please suggest corrective steps. Looking forward for expert solutions.
Hi Buddy,
As you mentioned He is an knowledgeable guy, some of the problems/issues which I going to mention below may be behind for this kind of behaviour that are
1. Lack of pay
2. Lack of promotion
3. No recognition
4. Lack of challenging work
5. Life problem
So before going for counseling you could check the above mentioned & others points to understand the real issue behind the scene and solve it, by solving it the employee mentioned above will change his/her behaviour. if you find it difficult to find the root cause than have a open counseling to understand what the employee feels and solve it.
With Regards
Mr.Thumbs Up

Dear Arunima,

Since you are from HR, the foremost important factor for you is to maintain discipline and organisation's culture of the company. Therefore, before you counsel, discuss the matter with your seniors, especially MD and try to find out what are his/her views. Tell MD that with this kind of behaviour, employee in question is vitiating the company's culture. People may come and go but the culture of the company remains. Therefore, there cannot be trade-off between high-level performance and bad behaviour. If MD wishes to treat this employee with kids gloves then be as it may. Better not to intervene.

However, if the MD agrees for counselling then for doing counselling, you may refer my past reply. The link is as below:


In the meanwhile, have you received a formal complaint for the employee's bad behaviour from other employees? If yes, then inform to MD about this simmering discontent. Tell MD that while trying to retain this employee, we may lose few others or demotivate others. Therefore, this will result in incurring either cost of attrition or cost of demotivation. While employee retention is utmost important, for the sake of retention, management cannot appease any employee. If it is done, it will have dangerous repercussions.

[u]For Kumaran Praveen[/i]: - You have given list of the causes because of which employees behave in weird manner, however, I beg to differ with you. The employee is from IT company and if he has some personal or professional issues then he can very well approach on his own and try to settle it out. Like a factory worker, he need rationalise. May you know that rationalisation is type of defence mechanism.

What employee is exhibiting is nothing but his high-handedness or arrogance that has arisen out of superiority complex or an idea that he is indispensable. This rebelliousness has to be nipped in bud otherwise taking cue from this employee, 1-2 other super-performers may follow suit.


Dinesh Divekar

Some employees who are very good professionally get into such kind of eccentric behaviour.
You need to arrange for counselling him by a senior and mature person in the organisation.
Counselling is serious business and not everyone can counsel properly.
Improper counselling has worse effects than no counselling.
In ultimate analysis brilliant worker or ordinary worker,one has to follow company rules and cannot be permitted to thrash company code of conduct.
So one has to distinguish between eccentricity,arrogance and overconfidence in his ability and indispensability to the organisation.
No one is really indispensable.
Deal with him appropriately and bring him in line with company requirements and standards.

Dear Arunima,
Mr Nathrao has written Counselling is serious business and not everyone can counsel properly. This is very important statement. Seniority is no guarantee for professionalism in counselling. Therefore, I recommend you talking to MD and hiring professional counsellor. If you are from Bangalore, then please confirm to me. I vouch for the change in behaviour after his counselling.
Dinesh Divekar

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