A situation whereby an employee does not comply or refuses to perform legal, reasonable, and ethical directives from a supervisor in as much as the directive has been clearly understood is called Insubordination. This could be misinterpreted by many as misconduct or insolence. But I will clarify. Insolence – could a situation whereby an employee mocks, insults, disrespects or portrays irresponsible behavior towards a manager or a supervisor.
Ways to deal with Insubordination in your workplace
These tips are urgently available for every manager to take necessary actions over insubordination. Here are there
In as much as insubordinate behavior could come rude and disrespectful, ensure you don’t respond in this same manner of behavior. You could be tempted to losing your temper, but if otherwise, stay clear from the situation.
Let them know clearly that their behavior is unacceptable.
Organize a Meeting after the incident.
Once the incident is over, organize a meeting to find out what the problem could be. Possibly do this with a 3rd party like the HR representative. The figure out what led to the behavior form the employee’s point of view. Verify if there is anything that could be fixed up or traced as a misunderstanding.
Stage out strategies to avoid further problems.
Address the employee what to avoid in case of further issues. Also to others, talk to them on what should be done if any problem should arise.
Make them understand the consequences of additional infractions
Explain what the employee handbook reported about insubordination and the consequences.
Make a document of the incident
Under the documentation, it should include the following; incident with an official write-up form, factual description, a plan for improvement and consequences for additional infractions. Let them sign it with you as well.
- Communicate with the employee to ensure that there is an improvement in behavior.
Can you be fired for insubordination?
It all depends on the discipline plan of a company. To some companies, it could result in immediate dismissal. What could result in this could be insubordination that involves life threat, abuse, harassing remarks,
What should not be considered insubordination?
Assuming the employee does not respond to orders given by someone that does not have authority, and then it should not be considered as insubordination.
What does gross insubordination mean?
Gross insubordination is an incident whereby an employee commits an unprofessional act, thereby damaging the relationship between him/her and the employer. This could be as a result of the assault, theft, or even damage to properties.
How do I document the instance of insubordination?
- First, you have to start the write-up process immediately after the incident.
- Ensure to use an official write-up form.
- Make sure you document the opinion as stated by the employee.
- Point out the improvement plan and consequences for more incidents.
- Now the employee has to sign the form or ask a witness to sign if the employee refuses to sign it.
- Make a reprint of the copy of the form for the employee.
- Put a copy added to the employee’s personnel file.