corrective principle

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The corrective principle underlies many contemporary disciplinary and dismissal procedures. It is based on the belief that discipline within employing organizations should not be purely punitive but should seek to amend and correct ill-disciplined behaviour. It is for this reason that many procedures consist of a number of stages, beginning with oral and written warnings before proceeding to more serious action, such as suspension or dismissal. The object is to provide an opportunity for the employee to improve his or her behaviour. The corrective principle also gives rise to reliance on training and other forms of intervention to assist the employee in overcoming problems and improving performance. [See disciplinary procedure.]

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