Being a long-time London employer I thought I'd comment on the news articles that have been appearing lately over the suspension of a Calgary High School teacher for giving zero's to students who fail to hand in assignments. This behaviour goes against the strict school policy of not grading students for work not completed (read that sentence back carefully). Disregarding policies such as this is clearly un-Canadian and the teacher deserves the punishment he received. How can you possibly assume a student doesn't have the skills or is intellectually incapable of doing an assignment if he doesn't do it?
Looking at it from my perspective; what kind of example would I be setting for my office staff if I reprimanded an employee for not completing a task assigned to them (or even starting it for that matter)?. What exactly would I be reprimanding them for? The quality of the work? The speed at which it was completed? Clearly I would be remiss in my duties as an employer if I based staff compensation on satisfactory completion of assignments. I just couldn't bring myself to damage their self-esteem in such a callous way.
If I actually stooped to following this teacher's outrageous opinion on grading, I'd have to implement all kinds of changes to how we manage our business: employee compensation would have to be based on performance (gasp!), the interview process for new hires would require submission of an actual resume and work portfolio, and projects for our clients would not only have to be started, but we'd actually have to complete them as well before receiving payment, and that just seems like too much work to me.