Career Advice

What Is Insubordination and How Can It Affect You?

arzolo September 16, 2021

You've probably heard the term "insubordination" at one time or another when discussing work. This is an explanation of what insubordination is and how it can affect you and your future.

What Is Insubordination?

Insubordination is a term that refers to many situations in the workplace. In brief, it means refusing to obey a superior's orders. As an employee, the company expects you to honor every request your supervisors make that is within reason. "Within reason" means that your employer can ask you to do many things, as long as they are not illegal or unlawfully discriminatory.

What Are Some Examples of Insubordination?

One example of insubordination would be if your boss asked you to clean the bathrooms, and you refused to do it. Your employer may also ask you to go to another department and help. They could accuse you of being insubordinate if you refuse to do so. It might be different for you if you have a medical reason for rejecting the task. However, you need to show valid proof of documentation. You should try to avoid being accused of insubordination at all costs because it can be detrimental to your career.

How Can Insubordination Affect You?

Your employer has the right to take disciplinary action if you are insubordinate for any reason. For one, they can suspend you without pay. In the worst situations, your employer can terminate you for refusing to honor their request. Whether they terminate you depends on how you reject the request. What's worse is that you could also be denied unemployment compensation if that happens. A termination for insubordination is a justifiable termination. Therefore, it would be reported to the unemployment office as something that happened "for a cause." The unemployment office could deny you benefits if that happens.

Now you have a little more clarity on the concept of insubordination. You can now take steps to ensure that you avoid being insubordinate in any way.