Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 2004

School

School of Business

Primary Subject Area

Business Administration, General

Disciplines

Business | Business Administration, Management, and Operations

Abstract

Punishment is utilized in many settings in the world today, but it is continually getting more negative responses for its use in the workplace. Punishment's main use is to decrease the occurrence of a behavior that is undesirable. In a business setting, this would most likely be a behavior that is a violation of policy or unsatisfactory work performance. A comparison of the positive aspects of punishment with its negative features, by utilizing information provided by scholarly journals and websites along with a survey of 31 employees, has yielded the results that there may be a better alternative to punishment.

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