Is A Forced Apology Considered Punishment?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being forced to apologize to a coworker:

Is it a punishment when your boss make you apologize to another co-worker?

Signed, Not Sorry

Dear Not Sorry:

You don’t say what happened that resulted in your boss telling you to apologize. Whatever it was, your boss probably thought you would prefer to apologize rather than have formal punishment since requiring an apology is usually viewed as a way to avoid punishing an employee.You can refuse to apologize.

In some circumstances that would be the right thing to do. But, before you take that stance, consider talking to your manager and telling him why you don’t want to apologize.

If you have an HR section in your company, maybe you could talk to them about the matter and ask if you can be required to apologize, given your specific set of circumstances.Best wishes to you with this matter.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.