Discipline means adherence to written organisational rules, regulations, systems, and processes which are put in place to ensure that the workplace functions effectively, and the employer is compliant with its legal and other obligations. Breach of these organisational rules are addressed on a spectrum. At the lower end are performance management processes intended to assist the employee in correcting their behaviour. At the intermediate level  disciplinary proceedings are used with the aim of correcting behaviour or applying punitive sanctions. At the far end of the spectrum are those breaches that are so serious that the only option available to the employer is summary dismissal. See also Surviving a disciplinary investigation at work Suspension from work How to survive capability and performance management at work The Disciplinary Hearing Your right to be accompanied to discipline and grievance meetings