Supervisor Tells an Interrupting Subordinate to Shut Up

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a boss who orders a non-involved employee to butt out: Is it ever appropriate for a supervisor to tell a subordinate to “shut up”?

In a recent workplace altercation, an employee came upon the first line supervisor discussing an issue with a maintenance technician, the employee butted in offering his opinion. The supervisor asked him to stop interjecting several times, yet he continued to interject himself until ultimately the supervisor told him to “shut up” and leave the area.

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