Please advise me that can we display photographs of workers on notice board when they make mistakes at work.
From India, New Delhi
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Dinesh Divekar

Dear Vohraa, Employees do commit mistakes while working. A few workers mend their ways after counselling, a few others after punishment, however, a few others remain incorrigible even after counselling or punishment also.

Probably you wish to take action against the third category of employees. However, displaying a photo of the worker on the notice board for committing mistakes while working is nothing but humiliation. No evidence is available that shows people correct their behaviour after making them lose their prestige.

Yes, error-free work is an absolute necessity. Customers expect defect-free products or services. To meet their expectations, maintaining 100% quality is important. But then to do this the right way is to recruit the right people or educate or train them. India has world-class companies like TVS that have placed a heavy emphasis on the quality of the work. Nevertheless, these companies became par excellence without humiliating their workers. 

Initially, a photo on the notice board may embarrass a worker. Nevertheless, when a few others too join his bandwagon, it will become a norm and such workers could rationalise with the new method of punishment. What to do then? Have you thought it of?


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

Hi, Do not do that, shaming of workers is not good nor does it serve any purpose. It may lead to revolt which may not be easy to stop once it ignites. Talk to them in their own language, counsel them but do not shame them.
Thanks and Regards

From India, Hyderabad

Dear Mr. Vohraa,
Can you display photographs of employers/top level managers on notice board when they make mistakes at work? Because all humans and robots can do mistakes. God has not made anyone perfect in this planet. If someone makes a wrong move, they need encouragement, guidance and support, not a reprimand.
Hope you got the answer.
Mohan Nair.

From India, Mumbai
Shailesh Parikh_HR Pro

Dear Mr. Vohhra
Perhaps this idea has come from recent tyrant tactics by some high headed politician?
First, you can't implement any punishment/disciplinary practice which is not in accordance of Standing Orders/Rules of your company.
Secondly Stigmatization and shaming fundamentally violates ones right of dignity.
Third and important , you can impose penalty for defined and published list of MISCONDUCTS and for MISTAKES only after following Principles of Natural Justice.
Shailesh Parikh
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From India, Mumbai

Dear Mr. Vohra,
Humans tend to make mistakes and no body is perfect. They say, " Every mistake is an experience / We learn some thing from our mistakes". Instead of Displaying their pictures on notice board, counsel them and advise them not to repeat the mistakes. Displaying pictures on notice board also makes them feel bad about the organisation.
Spreading positivity inside the organisation, will in-turn motivate your employees to grow.
Best Regards,

From India

Dear Vohraa, As per your concern we should take actions against any mistakes or any misconduct by employees but in a proper way, Otherwise it will create negative environment among all staff and it will indirectly affect organizations business. Currently we have one software for discipline deviation, Like Grooming, Policy deviation, Sleeping, Using Mobile, We are entering daily discipline data in software it will shoot one mail to particular employee as well as his/her HOD. so it will create fear in mind of employees. And if some one regularly breaks rules regulation than we can take strict actions against him.
From India, Vadodara

Mr Vohra,
I presume that you might have posted your quarry in hurry and without proper thinking the consequences of it. If you are dealing your "Employees"( Human Capital ) without feeling and emotions then you are not develop the long term relationship with them and their level of Engagement would be lower.
Please do not do such unwanted/ inhuman/ unwarranted activities/ actions otherwise you will invite problems on shopfloor.

From India, Delhi

A ''Wall of Shame'' is definitely not a pleasant idea, instead create a ''Wall of Fame'' and try to motivate your team. Initiate a Reward and Recognition engagements in your organization for the good work your team do on the job. Employees look up to HR's as first corporate respondents, so make an attempt to deal with such matters tactfully.
As per your question: 'When they make mistakes at work'.
Mistake, what kind of mistake you are denoting at?Is it related to work or is it related to office decorum?
If the mistake is work-related then it can be resolved by discussing privately or by arranging on the job briefing for him/her. It may be the case that individual is unclear about what is expected out of him/ her, which is resulting in mistakes. Then in this case coach him well; you will notice remarkable results for sure.
Office Decorum is usually ignored in the medium size organizations, the management barely focuses on internal processes; many a times few fail to follow office rules, and as mentioned earlier we as HRs are responsible t0 maintain office decorum and we should make sure that every individual in the office follows it without any dispute. If this is the case then you are expected to discuss privately first, if there in no improvement and the frequency of the mistakes is higher then start issuing memos immediately.
Please remember that third memo should be his/her exit from the organization with immediate effect.
Coz there should be no room for misconduct.
Hope this helps is someway.

From India, Mumbai
They are not a criminal. They are part of your company. What will you do if your photograph is display on the notice board in case of committing any mistake at the work place?
From India, Vadodara

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