Missing deadlines – insubordination or not? (Plus two common employee behaviours you need to worry about)

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 08 Sep. 2014

Tags: insubordination, discipline, insubordinate behaviour

Insubordination is when your employee fails to obey a direct and specific order from you (his manager.)

This form of behaviour has no place in your workplace, it’s destructive and it undermines your authority.

So how do you deal with it?

According to Small Business Chron, the best way to handle insubordination is to address it in its very early stages. To do that, you need to be able to identify what types of behaviour indicate insubordination.

Read on to discover two types of employee behaviour that point to insubordination. We’ll also clarify if missing deadlines falls into this category as well.

Missing deadlines is insubordinate behaviour

Insubordinate employees begin to lose respect for their managers and begin to miss project deadlines, explains Small Business Chron.

The insubordinate employee may offer a series of excuses, or he may not offer any explanation or apology at all. As a defense, he may try to blame coworkers or teammates for missing deadlines. But he won’t take responsibility for his actions even though he’s well aware of the consequences.

Now that you know that missing deadlines is insubordination, let’s look at two other types of behavior you need to worry about.

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Two more types of employee behaviour that point to insubordination

#1: Lack of Respect

The signs of a loss of respect for a manager on the part of an insubordinate employee become obvious almost immediately, says the site.

In this case, the employee may, for example, use offensive names when calling you (the manager) or he could spread false rumours about you throughout the workplace.

#2: Attendance

An employee who begins to feel insubordinate to a manager doesn’t feel bound by the company rules regarding attendance. She takes days off without notice and arrives to work late on a regular basis. She basically disregards attendance procedures.

There you have it: If you notice this type of behaviour in your company, know that you’re dealing with insubordination and you must take action against your employee.

Check out this article, in it, experts behind the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service explain the correct procedure for disciplining an employee for insubordination.

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