What Are Some Examples of Insubordination in the Workplace?

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Insubordination in the workplace happens when an employee is disrespectful and defiant by refusing a direct order from a supervisor or entering into a confrontation with a supervisor. When an employee is insubordinate, it does not mean that the employee simply does not agree with the employer or supervisor, but that they are refusing to work. The use of contemptuous or abrasive language is often misinterpreted as insubordination, but it may be better categorized as insolence.