Imposition of a punishment, typically a loss of status, comfort, or earnings opportunity. Supervisor lays off worker.

Ex.: “You are suspended for 3 workdays.” 

“I’m taking you off of the forklift for good.”

(and the ever popular …) “You’re fired!”

Pros & Cons
Penalty imposition makes clear to an offender that certain behavior is frowned upon, and it sends to others a strong message about standards.  In strictest form it removes from the workplace a person who caused a problem and could do so again.  On the other hand, it may alienate or eliminate an employee whose past and future contributions to the farm outweigh the trouble he generates.  Replacing fired workers takes time and expense, and decisions to penalize expose employers to legal challenge.

Work situations where this 
response is demonstrated:




Sleeping on the Job


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