Without the continual support of subordinates, no manager can get things done. But, disciplinary action against a delinquent employee is painful and generates resentment on his part. Hence, a question arises as to how to impose discipline without generating resentment? This is possible through what Douglas McGregor called the “Red Hot Stove Rule”, which draws an analogy between touching a hot stove and undergoing discipline. According to the Red Hot Stove rule, disciplinary action should have the following consequences:
Burns immediately
If disciplinary action is to be taken, it must occur immediately so the individual will understand the reason for it. With the passage of time, people have the tendency to convince themselves that they are not at fault.
Provides warning
It is very important to provide advance warning that punishment will follow unacceptable
behaviour. As you move closer to a hot stove, you are warned by its heat that you will be
burned if you touch it.
Gives consistent punishment
Disciplinary action should also be consistent in that everyone who performs the same act will be punished accordingly. As with a hot stove, each person who touches it is burned the same.
Burns impersonally
Disciplinary action should be impersonal. There are no favourites when this approach is

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