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What is and isn’t employee insubordination

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Cal Butera

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in Centerpiece,Leaders & Managers,People Management

Of all the problems you deal with, employee insubordination is probably the one that galls you the most. It’s a direct affront to your authority. It’s an ice cream cone slapped out of your hand. A handful of snow stuffed down the back of your shirt. It sounds like this:

You: Paul, give Liz a hand with those invoices. She’s swamped.

Paul: That ain’t happenin’.

You have every right to pull the plug on Paul as long as such behavior—in this case, a nose-thumbing at a superior’s direct order—is tagged as a firing offense in the employee handbook. It’s always best not to fire in haste, but to cool down and discuss the behavior with HR. But first, Paul needs to explain his response, and you need to document the whole thing.

Here are the shades of insubordination, which is a willful display of disobedience or disrespect directed at, well, you.

Refusing a boss’s direct order.

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James March 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm

What is the other side of the procedure when management victimises a disabled employee ? Or are these actions discover only for management there are two. sides to every discussion !


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